Patrick Stewart seems to be continuing to distance himself from Star Trek and Jean Luc Picard. In an interview with The Stage, the veteran actor talks about the life changing event in 1986 when he choose to do Star Trek: The Next Generation instead of taking a role in "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf" on the London stage.
I was a different actor after that — doing that kind of play, and finally being able to make truth of an emotional commitment to a role like that in such a small, exposing theatre, with the support of three magnificent actors [Billie Whitelaw, Saskia Reeves and Matthew Marsh], made all the difference to me. The calamity that then happened to me was that I was offered Star Trek: The Next Generation. […]It did change many, many things, and I’m immensely grateful for that. I have worked hard not in any sense to feel they were wasted years —though time is a factor in all of this, and I now have a lot of catching up to do. I feel that acutely — not that there have been lost opportunities, but that there are things I might have done and I’ve got to do a lot of them quickly now.
In recent years Stewart has re-embraced his work as a theatrical actor, including working with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Before the announcement of the TOS prequel based Star Trek XI there was some talk about yet another TNG film, but Stewart has stated that he has "hung up his spacesuit." Last June when asked if he wanted to be in another Trek film Stewart replied that Trek was "like a romantic relationship that is over" to him. Although he said he hadn’t ruled it out entirely, Stewart noted that he "didn’t think it would happen." It may be that the last time Stewart will portray Jean Luc Picard will be the recent video game Star Trek Legacy, to which he supplied some voice work.