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Sir Patrick Stewart‘s eagerly-anticipated Star Trek spin-off series finally has an official title: Star Trek: Picard!

Favoring a “keep it simple” approach, the title references the name of Stewart’s iconic character Jean-Luc Picard, whom he played in the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series from 1987-1994 and in four Star Trek movies released between 1994 and 2002.

CBS revealed the series’ title at an upfronts presentation in which journalists and advertisers were shown the first new image of Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard in 17 years.

It’s almost like he’s never been away, don’t you think? It’s safe to say fans are pleased to see him again…

Star Trek: Picard will air on the CBS All Access streaming service later this year. Speaking a few months ago, showrunner Alex Kurtzman revealed that the series will see Picard dealing with the aftermath of a supernova that destroyed the planet Romulus and sent Spock and Nero back in time through a black hole.

Kurtzman also described Picard’s life as “radically altered” by the supernova, and said of Stewart returning to the role: “He threw down an amazing gauntlet and said, ‘If we do this, I want it to be so different, I want it to be both what people remember but also not what they’re expecting at all, otherwise why do it?’”

Oh, and if you fancy catching up with Jean-Luc Picard ahead of the new series, you can catch classic episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation on BBC America.

Are you excited to see Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard again?

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By Nick Levine