Fresh off her Oscar win for Everything Everywhere All At Once, Michelle Yeoh is finally getting her due. Paramount+ announced it has officially greenlit Star Trek: Section 31 starring the fan-favorite actress, who will return to her role as Emperor Philippa Georgiou, a character she first played in Star Trek: Discovery’s first season.
The synopsis reads:
Emperor Philippa Georgiou joins a secret division of Starfleet tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets and faces the sins of her past.
Produced by CBS Studios, production will begin later this year. A release date has not yet been announced. “I’m beyond thrilled to return to my Star Trek family and to the role I’ve loved for so long,” said Yeoh. “Section 31 has been near and dear to my heart since I began the journey of playing Philippa all the way back when this new golden age of Star Trek launched. To see her finally get her moment is a dream come true in a year that’s shown me the incredible power of never giving up on your dreams. We can’t wait to share what’s in store for you, and until then: live long and prosper (unless Emperor Georgiou decrees otherwise)!”
“All the way back in 2017, before the first season of Star Trek: Discovery had even aired, Michelle had the idea to do a spin-off for her character, Philippa Georgiou,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “She broke new ground as one of the first two women on screen in the pilot to usher in a new age of Trek, and now, six years later, Star Trek: Section 31 finally arrives on the heels of her latest groundbreaking win.”
Written by Craig Sweeny and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, the film is executive produced by Kurtzman, Craig Sweeny, Aaron Baiers, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, and Yeoh, and is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.
Let’s hope this is only the beginning of a flurry of new roles for Yeoh!