Michelle Yeoh will be leading her own chapter of the Star Trek saga.
CBS All Access has officially announced that a Star Trek: Discovery spinoff is now in development with Yeoh in the lead. The renowned Malaysian-born star will be a big part of the Star Trek expansion, set to return as Captain Philippa Georgiou in Discovery season 2 and (as per Deadline) “likely planned to also be a part of future Discovery seasons”.
“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich Star Trek stories,” Yeoh said in a statement. “Being a part of this Universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play. I can’t wait to see where it all goes – certainly I believe it will go ‘where no WOMAN has ever gone before!’”
Said Alex Kurtzman, the Star Trek EP and expansion overseer who’s being paid $US25 million for his efforts: “Michelle has shattered ceilings, broken boundaries, and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades. As a human, I adore her. As an actor, I revere her.”
The Yeoh-led spinoff will be continuing her adventures in Starfleet’s Section 31 division, which was introduced into Trek lore in Deep Space Nine in the ’90s. Discovery writers Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt are also behind the spinoff.
“Erika and Boey are remarkable, exciting writers who bring a fresh perspective to the world of Star Trek,” added Kurtzman, “and we’re all thrilled to explore the next wild chapter in the life of Captain Philippa Georgiou.”
There’s plenty of Trek on the horizon. Apart from this Yeoh-starring spinoff, there’s a Trek series led by Patrick Stewart (back as Jean-Luc Picard) and a half-hour animated series, Star Trek: Below Decks.