Michelle Yeoh is officially going to boldly go and lead her own Star Trek Black Ops Spin-Off. Yeoh first appeared as Philippa Georgiou, a member of the mysterious shadowy organization Section 31 that exists within the confines of the Federation, during season 1 of the CBS All Access series. Since then, rumors have swirled that Yeoh could be tapped to head up her very own Star Trek series and, as it just so happens, those rumors turned out to be true.
CBS has officially announced that the as-of-yet untitled Star Trek series is officially in development for CBS All Access, the network's streaming service that is playing home to all of their Trek-related projects. The series will be written by Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt, with Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serving as executive producers alongside Alex Kurtzman, who is heading up the Star Trek universe for CBS currently. Kurtzman had this to say about the new series in a statement.
"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. 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."
Section 31 is a black-ops division within Starfleet that certainly feels worthy of exploring further. This Star Trek Discovery spin-off will provide just such an opportunity, and could also give fans something very unique within the framework of the franchise. As for Michelle Yeoh, this is just another major accomplishment in her already long and decorated career. She's been a Bond girl in Tomorrow Never Dies, she's kicked ass in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and, more recently, appeared in the massive hit Crazy Rich Asians. Yeoh is also set to appear in Star Trek Discovery season 2. Yeoh had this to say about the new series in a statement.
"I'm so excited to continue telling these rich Star Trek stories. 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!'"
This is just one of many small screen projects the network has brewing when it comes to Star Trek. They also have the highly anticipated Picard series, which will see Patrick Stewart return, as well as a series of shorts title Short Treks, and an animated series, Lower Decks. For the time being, there is no word on when the new spin-off will actually begin production, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. We'll see more of Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou when Star Trek Discovery season 2 debuts on CBS All Access January 17.