It’s been discussed and rumoured for many months, but today CBS All Access announced plans to further expand the newly revitalised Star Trek universe even further with a new live-action series in development starring Michelle Yeoh. Yeah first appeared as Captain Georgiou in early episodes of Star Trek: Discovery‘s first season before being killed off. However the actress re-appeared in later episodes as ‘Emperor Georgiou’, the malevolent Mirror Universe version of the same character who manged to make it back to the regular universe and gained her freedom. In an ‘extra’ scene, Georgiou is seemingly recruited by Star Fleet’s rather shady ‘Section 31’ department, the ‘black-ops’ arm often sent in to quickly and quietly clear up the more complex messes. The new series – with no official title as yet – will expand on her involvement with the Section 31 division.
The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers. Aaron Baiers will serve as co-executive producer along with Bo Yeon Kim, and Erika Lippoldt will also write the series.
“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,” said Alex Kurtzman in a statement. “Erika and Boey are remarkable, exciting writers who bring a fresh perspective to the world of ‘Star Trek,’ and we’re all thrilled to explore the next wild chapter in the life of Captain Philippa Georgiou.”
“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories,” said Michelle Yeoh. “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!’”
Michelle Yeoh has been receiving huge international recognition over the last two decades. Already an established performer in eastern territories, her international successes have included Crouching Tiger – Hidden Dragon, Tomorrow Never Dies, Memoirs of a Geisha, Sunshine, the animated Kung Fu Panda 2 and the recent Crazy Rich Asians.