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'Star Trek: Picard' premiere

Actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen attend the premiere of "Star Trek: Picard" in London, Britain January 15, 2020. Sir Patrick Stewart said returning to "Star Trek" was irresistible as he led a new generation of cast members down the red carpet for the premiere of a series devoted to his much-loved character Jean-Luc Picard.

The 79-year-old British actor had repeatedly refused efforts to lure him back as the starship captain Picard.

But the writers of its latest chapter, "Star Trek: Picard", helped change his mind to the delight of science fiction fans and his character is due back on screens later this month after a two-decade break.

"I came back because it was irresistible," Stewart said on the red carpet on Wednesday ahead of a screening at a cinema in London's Leicester Square.

"I was intrigued and that intrigue grew into something very exciting which is why I'm back."  REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen attend the premiere of "Star Trek: Picard" in London, Britain January 15, 2020. Sir Patrick Stewart said returning to "Star Trek" was irresistible as he led a new generation of cast members down the red carpet...more

Actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen attend the premiere of "Star Trek: Picard" in London, Britain January 15, 2020. Sir Patrick Stewart said returning to "Star Trek" was irresistible as he led a new generation of cast members down the red carpet for the premiere of a series devoted to his much-loved character Jean-Luc Picard. The 79-year-old British actor had repeatedly refused efforts to lure him back as the starship captain Picard. But the writers of its latest chapter, "Star Trek: Picard", helped change his mind to the delight of science fiction fans and his character is due back on screens later this month after a two-decade break. "I came back because it was irresistible," Stewart said on the red carpet on Wednesday ahead of a screening at a cinema in London's Leicester Square. "I was intrigued and that intrigue grew into something very exciting which is why I'm back." REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Patrick Stewart attends the premiere. The new 10-part series picks up Picard's life 20 years after the character last appeared in the film set in the 24th century. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Patrick Stewart attends the premiere. The new 10-part series picks up Picard's life 20 years after the character last appeared in the film set in the 24th century. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Patrick Stewart attends the premiere. The new 10-part series picks up Picard's life 20 years after the character last appeared in the film set in the 24th century. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Jeri Ryan attends the premiere of "Star Trek: Picard" in London. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Jeri Ryan attends the premiere of "Star Trek: Picard" in London. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Jeri Ryan attends the premiere of "Star Trek: Picard" in London. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Actor Jeri Ryan attends the premiere of "Star Trek: Picard" in London, Britain January 15, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Actor Jeri Ryan attends the premiere of "Star Trek: Picard" in London, Britain January 15, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Actor Jeri Ryan attends the premiere of "Star Trek: Picard" in London, Britain January 15, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Actor Jason Isaacs attends the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Actor Jason Isaacs attends the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Actor Jason Isaacs attends the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Isa Briones attends the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Isa Briones attends the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Isa Briones attends the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Harry Treadaway attends the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Harry Treadaway attends the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Harry Treadaway attends the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen attend the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen attend the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen attend the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Patrick Stewart attends the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Patrick Stewart attends the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Patrick Stewart attends the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Actor Patrick Stewart and his wife Sunny Ozell attend the premiere of "Star Trek: Picard" in London, Britain January 15, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Actor Patrick Stewart and his wife Sunny Ozell attend the premiere of "Star Trek: Picard" in London, Britain January 15, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Actor Patrick Stewart and his wife Sunny Ozell attend the premiere of "Star Trek: Picard" in London, Britain January 15, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Patrick Stewart and other cast members pose. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Patrick Stewart and other cast members pose. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Patrick Stewart and other cast members pose. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Patrick Stewart, Jeri Ryan and Isa Briones attend the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Patrick Stewart, Jeri Ryan and Isa Briones attend the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Patrick Stewart, Jeri Ryan and Isa Briones attend the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen attend the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen attend the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen attend the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Kirsten Beyer, Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon and Akiva Goldsman attend the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Kirsten Beyer, Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon and Akiva Goldsman attend the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Kirsten Beyer, Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon and Akiva Goldsman attend the premiere. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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