For fans who have dreamed about the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard to Star Trek, actor Patrick Stewart might as well borrow his character's classic catchphrase and say, "Make it so."
It's a role that he hasn't stepped into since 2002, and fans are elated.
Stewart said in a statement that it is "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 surprised fans at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas when he appeared on-stage with Alex Kurtzman, executive producer of CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery, to announce the new series.
"Gradually it became clearer and clearer to me that the power of that show, the success of that show, the benefits that it gave... I have never grown tired of hearing from people ... who say to me, 'Your show changed my life,'" Stewart told the cheering crowd.
"And that lies at the very center of what I have to tell you now," he said. "Jean-Luc Picard is back."