New Star Trek series enlists Michelle Yeoh for Black Ops spin-off
CBS All Access has announced they’re developing another new Star Trek series for the streaming service, marking the fourth full-length series of the long running sci-fi franchise for CBS All Access. Discovery star Michelle Yeoh is set to lead the series which will follow her character Philippa Georgiou and her position as a member of the Starfleet black-ops division Section 31.
The series will be executive produced by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Discovery) and feature Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt as showrunners.
“Michelle has shattered ceilings, broken boundaries, and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades,” Kurtzman said. “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.”
Yeoh was first introduced to the franchise with her role in CBS All Access’ first series Discovery, which proved to be a huge hit with critics and audiences alike and gave the streaming service a record number of subscriptions. Though her character was initially killed off early in the season, she was brought back through the Mirror Universe and maintains a recurring role on the series. She will be seen in the series’ second season, which is set to premiere on January 17.
“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 black ops series, which is currently untitled, marks one of three new series currently in development, the first of which is a new series focusing on the character Jean-Luc Picard and seeing Patrick Stewart (Logan) reprise the role, as well as an adult animated series focusing on one of Starfleet’s less-important ships from creator Mike McMahan, story editor and producer of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty.