Looks like the folks at CBS made that rumor so. Actor Patrick Stewart aka. Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation, surprised fans at the Star Trek Las Vegas 2018 event by confirming his involvement with the next Star Trek series. And yes, he'll be returning as Picard.
Watch producer Alex Kurtzman announce the next series by introducing Stewart:
Stewart also took to Twitter and posted about returning to Trek:
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. Read my full statement in the photo. #StarTrek @cbsallaccess Photo: @shervinfoto pic.twitter.com/8Ynuj3RBNm— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) August 4, 2018
His message, posted as an image, reads:
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. 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.
During these past years, it has been humbling to hear stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc 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 -- to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times. I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more.
No release date or title have been revealed for the new series which will explore the next stage of Picard's life. The series will air on the CBS All Access service.