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08/04/2018 22:13 EDT | Updated 08/06/2018 07:54 EDT

Patrick Stewart Returning As Jean-Luc Picard In New 'Star Trek' Series

The actor is delighted to resurrect his savvy captain in these "very dark times."

Star Trek” fans are over the moon: The franchise’s most cerebral and diplomatic captain, Jean-Luc Picard, is coming back to TV. And he’ll be played again by British actor Patrick Stewart.

Stewart confirmed Saturday that he will headline a new “Star Trek” series, slated to air on CBS All Access. The long-rumored project will not be a reboot of “The Next Generation,” where Stewart first appeared as Picard, but an exploration of the “next chapter in Picard’s life,” according to an official Star Trek Twitter account.

Stewart made the announcement in Las Vegas at a Star Trek convention. 

It’s an “unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him — seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over,” he told the crowd.

Stewart explained that the time was ripe for a return to Picard’s calm, rational leadership.

He said he felt “humbled” to hear stories about how Picard’s influence helped fans get through difficult times. The character, he said, has “inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership.”

“I feel I’m ready to return to him for the same reason,” he added, “to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” showrunner Alex Kurtzman will serve as executive producer on the new series. No title or release date has been announced. 

Read Stewart’s full statement below: