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    Patrick Stewart to reprise ‘Star Trek’ role in new series

    Patrick Stewart seen earlier this year.
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    Patrick Stewart seen earlier this year.

    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.

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    Stewart, 78, 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).

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    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.