Michelle Yeoh to star in new live-action ‘Star Trek’ series for CBS All Access

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Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou on “Star Trek: Discovery.” CBS photo

CBS All Access has announced plans to further expand its “Star Trek” universe with a new live-action series in development starring Michelle Yeoh.

The series will expand on Yeoh’s current role as a member of Starfleet’s Section 31 division, a shadow organization within the Federation, on “Star Trek: Discovery,” which debuts its second season at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT today exclusively on CBS All Access in the U.S. It is distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV, according to a news release.

“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories,” said Yeoh 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!’”

The new 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 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 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.”

Along with CBS’ “Star Trek: Discovery,” Yeoh most recently starred in John M. Chu’s hit romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians.” She is best known for her roles in Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and its sequel, Rob Marshall’s “Memoirs of a Geisha,” Roger Spottiswoode’s James Bond installment “Tomorrow Never Dies” and Danny Boyle’s “Sunshine.” She also starred in Luc Besson’s critically acclaimed “The Lady” and voiced a role in the DreamWorks animated hit “Kung Fu Panda 2.”

The development of the new untitled series is the latest expansion of the “Star Trek” franchise. In addition to the original series “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Star Trek: Short Treks,” a series of short stories tied to “Discovery” and the overall “Star Trek” universe, CBS has announced plans for a new untitled “Star Trek” series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart, reprising his iconic role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. CBS All Access also is planning its first animated series, “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” developed by Emmy Award winner Mike McMahan (“Rick and Morty”).


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