HOLLYWOOD (CNS) — Sir Patrick Stewart will return to the role of Jean-Luc Picard for a new “Star Trek” series on CBS All Access following the next chapter of Picard’s life.

“I will always be very proud to have been a part of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with ‘Star Trek’ had run its natural course,” Stewart told the Star Trek Las Vegas convention on Aug. 4.

“It is, therefore, 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.”

Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman called it “a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the ‘Star Trek’ fold.”

“For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here,” said Kurtzman, who is also an executive producer of “Star Trek: Discovery,” which also streams on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video-on-demand and live streaming service.

“We can’t wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honor generations both new and old.”

Stewart portrayed Picard on the syndicated “Star Trek: The Next Generation” from 1987-94 and in four films — “Star Trek Generations,” “Star Trek: First Contact,” “Star Trek: Insurrection” and “Star Trek: Nemesis.”