CBS has been developing a new Star Trek series centered around Michelle Yeoh’s Emperor Georgiou character for two years. And now one actor that has been expected to be part of it is dropping a few new details on the status of this possible “Section 31” project.
Latif’s Section 31 rumblings
Before season two of Star Trek: Discovery CBS announced development for a new series which “will expand on Yeoh’s current role as a member of Starfleet’s Section 31 division.” During season two, Yeoh’s Mirror Georgiou character recruited Shazad Latif’s Lt. Tyler (formerly Voq the Klingon) into Section 31, and at the end of the season Tyler was left behind in the 23rd century, apparently to pick up the pieces of what was left of the shadowy organization. Although never officially stated, it has been assumed that if a Section 31 show went forward, Latif is likely to return.
Now in a new interview with the UK’s Digital Spy promoting his new movie the British actor is offering a brief update on the possible Section 31 show. From their report:
[Latif] teased that there have been “slight rumblings” when it comes to the Michelle Yeoh-led spin-off…
“It’s just been slight yeses, slight questions, but I’ve no idea. I think it’s down to people’s schedules.”
Even though there was no mention of the show during February’s big ViacomCBS investor day, which touted the five current Star Trek series in active production, Latif’s comments indicate the Section 31 series is still a distinct possibility. While Paramount+ hasn’t officially put the show on its future schedule for Star Trek, executive producer Alex Kurtzman did say this year it is still being discussed, and last year he touted the work being done by the writers’ room, led by showrunners Erika Lippoldt and Bo Yeon Kim.
Although Latif didn’t name her specifically, the most important schedule for the show would be for star Michelle Yeoh. The actress is in high demand and has been working with James Cameron on multiple Avatar sequels, which are still currently in production. She has also worked on numerous other projects in the last two years and is attached to multiple future projects, including a recently announced Netflix movie with Laurence Fishburne.
However, since her Emperor Georgiou exited Star Trek: Discovery dramatically through the Guardian of Forever during the third season, Michelle Yeoh has talked up her return to the franchise. On a recent episode of the official Star Trek podcast, Yeoh teased she will be back, saying “my executive producers and showrunners and writers have a lot more things in store for such an amazing character.”
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