Star Trek: Discovery looks to join some of its predecessors by breaking ground with its lead. And not only will the CBS All Access series welcome a woman to lead the cast – it will be an Asian woman.
Michelle Yeoh, who audiences might best know as Yu Shu Lien in Ang Lee’s 2000 classic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, will star in the new Star Trek series, according to one of the franchise’s biggest writers and directors, Nicholas Meyer.
Meyer, the man behind Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan among others, was talking to Coming Soon about a new home video release of his 1979 time-traveling series Time After Time. During that conversation, he mentioned Yeoh’s name in passing.
“I know Michelle Yeoh is in it.”
It’s still not clear what role Yeoh is playing, but it’s assumed (and probably safely so) that she’ll take the lead as a lieutenant commander in Starfleet that’s assigned to the USS Discovery.
The Malaysian-born actress has a number of credits to her name beyond Crouching Tiger, including the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997, Memoirs of a Geisha in 2005, and Kung Fu Panda 2 in 2011.
More recently, Yeoh starred in a Crouching Tiger sequel called Sword of Destiny, which debuted earlier this year. She also appeared in the Jason Statham film Mechanic: Resurrection.
This past summer Yeoh had a recurring role in the second season of Netflix’s Marco Polo as Lotus, the boy emperor’s designated protector.
Filming for the new Star Trek series is expected to get underway just after the Christmas holidays, meaning more casting news could be forthcoming. Discovery will film in Toronto, making it the first Star Trek television series to have its primary sets anywhere other than southern California.
Meyer, who also directed Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, is a writer and consulting producer on the series.
Star Trek: Discovery will debut in May on CBS, and then appear on CBS All Access, the network’s over-the-top subscription streaming service.
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