ComingSoon.net is reporting that Michelle Yeoh, star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is set to headline Star Trek: Discovery. Her role is as yet unconfirmed but may be the series lead, a female Lieutenant Commander, or possibly the ship’s captain, rumored to be a woman of color.
“I know Michelle Yeoh is in it.”
That’s what Nicholas Meyer, a producer and writer on Discovery, told ComingSoon.net in a recent interview. “Although it is unconfirmed at this time,” reports ComingSoon, “Michelle Yeoh’s role is quite likely the series’ lead.”
TrekMovie has not yet confirmed Yeoh’s involvement with Discovery, but she doesn’t seem to fit the description for the lead Lt. Commander role, who former showrunner Bryan Fuller has described as someone with a lot to learn about the galaxy and the beings in it. At a press junket in August, Fuller noted that:
“[Discovery will] explore a woman’s journey that will teach her to get along with others in the galaxy.”
Many of the details we have about Discovery‘s characters come from that event in which Fuller expressed his belief that for a protagonist to truly understand something alien, she has to first understand herself. The image of a green yet capable Lieutenant with a lot to learn comes to mind with that description.
While Yeoh may or may not fill this lead Lt. Commander role, she certainly fits the description of other characters teased by Bryan Fuller, who has said he wants to cast a woman of color as the ship’s captain.
Yeoh is probably best known for her role as Yu Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the franchise’s recent sequel Sword of Destiny. She also played Lotus, a recurring character on the Netflix original Marco Polo.
We will update this story as we get more information.