Patrick Stewart to reprise ‘Star Trek’ role in new series

LONDON - JUNE 02: Actor Sir Patrick Stewart poses with his award after he was Knighted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham PalaceJune 02, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Patrick Stewart is boldly going where he’s been before — “Star Trek.”

CBS All Access said Saturday Stewart has been tapped to headline a new “Star Trek” series, reprising his “Star Trek: Next Generation” character, Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

The new series is not a “Next Generation” reboot but will tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life. No title or air date was revealed.

Stewart headlined his “Star Trek” series for seven seasons and portrayed Picard in the movies “Star Trek Generations” (1994), “Star Trek: First Contact” (1996), “Star Trek: Insurrection” (1998) and “Star Trek: Nemesis” (2002).

In a statement, Stewart says he thought his “Star Trek” days “had run its natural course” so he considers it a delightful surprise to be playing Picard again.