Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery debuts January 17, and CBS All Access just confirmed to Deadline Hollywood that it will be producing a spinoff series starring Michelle Yeoh. Yeoh plays Federation Captain Philippa Georgiou on the series; rumors that the character would get a spinoff surfaced in November. This should hopefully blunt fan disappointment over the shelving of a planned Star Trek 4 movie (a sequel to Star Trek Beyond).
(Some spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery below.)
The spinoff will be co-produced by Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt and will focus on Capt. Georgiou’s work with Starfleet’s secretive Section 31 (long part of the Star Trek canon since it was first introduced on Deep Space Nine in the 1990s). The original Capt. Georgiou died early on in Season 1 but soon reappeared via a mirror universe, and she has been a fan favorite ever since. Georgiou was approached by Section 31 in the season finale, and since she appears in teaser trailers for the upcoming season, it’s safe to assume Yeoh will still show up occasionally on Discovery.
Yeoh has long been a familiar face to fans of Hong Kong action movies. I’ve loved her ever since she co-starred with Jackie Chan in 1992’s Police Story 3: Super Cop; like Chan, she did her own stunts, including an impressive motorcycle jump in that film’s climactic sequence. Her roles in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) brought her fame in America as well.
Star Trek executive producer Alex Kurtzman seems to share our enthusiasm. “Michelle has shattered ceilings, broken boundaries, and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades,” he said in a statement to Deadline Hollywood. “As a human, I adore her. As an actor, I revere her. We’re all thrilled to explore the next wild chapter in the life of Captain Philippa Georgiou.”
Yeoh herself seems ecstatic at the news, especially since Crazy Rich Asians (in which she plays wealthy matriarch Eleanor Young) just won the Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy last night. “I’m so excited to continue telling these rich Star Trek stories,” the actor said. “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!'”
CBS All Access also has another spinoff in the works, with Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, plus Star Trek: Short Treks and a half-hour animated comedy series, Star Trek: Below Deck.
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