The universe of Star Trek on television continues to expand with yet another announcement today of a show previously rumored. Star Trek is going black ops.
Michelle Yeoh to head Section 31 Star Trek show
Following a report from the Hollywood trades back in November, today CBS made the news of a Section 31 show with Michelle Yeoh official. This morning CBS announced that a new live-action series was in development for CBS All Access starring Michelle Yeoh, who has had a recurring role in Star Trek: Discovery. According to CBS the untitled series “will expand on Yeoh’s current role as a member of Starfleet’s Section 31 division, a shadow organization within the Federation, on Star Trek: Discovery.”
The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers. Aaron Baiers will serve as co-executive producer along with Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt, who will also write the series. Kurtzman announced that Kim and Lippoldt will serve as showrunners.
“Michelle has shattered ceilings, broken boundaries, and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades. As a human, I adore her. As an actor, I revere her,” said Alex Kurtzman. “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.”
“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories,” said Michelle Yeoh. “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!’”
Trek goes black ops
Alex Kurtzman has often been quoted saying that his goal for expanding Star Trek on television is to develop each show with its own unique tone and style. The announcement of this show notes “CBS All Access goes black ops” indicating this new show will be leaning into the action and espionage nature of Section 31.
Michelle Yeoh was originally part of Discovery as Captain Phillipa Georgiou, who died in the two-part pilot when her ship the USS Shenzhou was destroyed. However, she came back during season one in some flashbacks and most notably playing the Mirror Universe version of herself, Emperor Georgiou, who returned to the Prime Universe late in the season and began to masquerade as the not-really-dead Captain Georgiou. Her joining Section 31 was first revealed in a “bonus scene” revealed at WonderCon in 2018 and she has been featured in photo and video previews for the second season of Discovery.
The Section 31 series is the latest expansion of Star Trek on television. In addition to the already released Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Short Treks, CBS has officially announced the development of a new show focusing on Jean-Luc Picard featuring the return of Sir Patrick Stewart and an animated comedy, Lower Decks, being developed by Emmy Award winner Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty). There are also reports of other shows in development including a more kid-friendly animated series and a live-action youth-oriented Starfleet Academy show.
Keep up with all the upcoming Star Trek TV projects at TrekMovie.com.