Michelle Yeoh is the first actor to be announced for the new series, Star Trek: Discovery. But unlike those first announcements of the past – like Patrick Stewart for Star Trek: The Next Generation and Avery Brooks for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Yeoh isn’t going to play the main character in the new series.
It’s probably because news of Yeoh’s casting got out a little earlier than CBS had hoped. And now Deadline is clarifying the role Yeoh will play, which will indeed make her a captain on the show … but not with the USS Discovery.
However, before you start mapping out the deck of the Discovery, sources close to the production tell us exclusively that Yeoh actually will be the leader of anther ship. We hear that Yeoh has been cast as Han Bo, and her ship is the Shenzhou. The Yeoh-run spacecraft is set to play a big role in Discovery‘s first season.
CBS, which will air the new series on its subscription streaming service CBS All Access, still won’t confirm Yeoh’s casting. The news came after Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer, who is a consulting producer on Discovery, told Coming Soon almost in passing that Yeoh has been cast on the series.
It was the first near-official announcement of any cast member for a show that originally was to start shooting last month, but had production pushed back to try and accommodate then showrunner Bryan Fuller’s busy schedule.
There are still few details available about the new series, except that it will join 2001’s Star Trek: Enterprise as a prequel to the original 1960s series. However, unlike Enterprise‘s pre-Federation timeline, Discovery will take place about a decade before Kirk takes command of the Enterprise.
Discovery also is reportedly set in the “prime universe” of Star Trek – where everything outside of the last three movies take place – despite the involvement of Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness writer Alex Kurtzman as a co-creator.
More casting is expected to be announced soon, and with Yeoh’s news getting out early, it could move up CBS’ plans. The actress is best known for her role in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000, and more recently had a recurring role in the Netflix series Marco Polo.
Filming on Discovery is expected to get underway in Toronto in late winter or early spring, shooting for a May launch first on CBS, and then on CBS All Access.
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