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Patrick Stewart to reprise 'Star Trek' role in new series

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Photographs by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File

In this Aug. 2, 2017 file photo, Patrick Stewart arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Stewart was so moved by the inventors and inventions being honored by the motion picture academy Saturday night, Feb. 10, 2018, that he offered a spontaneous recitation of a scene from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The venerable actor hosted the academy’s annual Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony, an untelevised dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and he closed the evening by going off-script with Puck’s plea in defense of art.

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

CBS All Access said Saturday that Stewart has been tapped to headline a new Star Trek series, reprising his Star Trek: The 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.

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