This month marks the third year since the announcement of the development of a Star Trek: Discovery spinoff series starring Michelle Yeoh and focused on Section 31. Now a former Discovery star who played a Section 31 operative has a little update.
Latif talks Section 31 show
The latest Section 31 tidbit comes from Shazad Latif, who played Ash Tyler on the first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery. By season two, the former-Klingon-turned-sleeper-agent had been recruited as a Section 31 operative by Michelle Yeoh’s Georgiou. In the latest episode of Empire Magazine’s Pilot TV podcast, Latif talks about his time with Star Trek:
God, just even joining something as big as Star Trek… It’s just such a historic thing. To even get involved in it is a strange sort of thing to get your head around… When you join it is a big, big, big deal. And you see how big it is when you go to the conventions and see what it means to people. But yeah, I had a great time. And it was big studio stuff and space and shooting aliens, and all that kind of stuff.
When the USS Discovery jumped into the far future for season three, Georgiou went along for the ride, but Latif’s Tyler was left behind in the 23rd century. The actor offered a bit of insight into that decision:
Yeah, they were going to do a spin-off with Michelle Yeoh, and that is why [Tyler] takes charge of something else. And then, who knows what’s going on with that.
When pressed on more details about the spin-off, Latif said he had “no idea” what was going on but acknowledged that Michelle Yeoh is a “very busy woman,” pointing out one of his best friends co-starred with her on the upcoming Netflix mini-series Witcher: Blood Origin.
Latif’s comment about Tyler taking charge refers to his final scenes in the season two finale “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2,” where he was made “acting commander” of Section 31. Latif has previously confirmed he was to be part of the Section 31 show, so presumably putting him in charge of Section 31 was part of the setup for the spin-off. But it sounds like he is still in the dark about the status of this potential series.
A significant part of Discovery season three was also dedicated to an arc for Yeoh’s Georgiou, leading to her exit the series and travel back in time via the Guardian of Forever. At the time, it was said by producers that Yeoh’s storyline in season three was in service to set up the Section 31 series, which was originally planned to go into production in 2020. According to executive producer Alex Kurtzman, the pandemic production shutdown got in the way. However, production has resumed on other Star Trek shows over the last year, with the second season of Strange New Worlds set to begin shooting next month. Yet as recently as last month, Kurtzman was still speaking optimistically about the Section 31 project, saying it was “still very much alive.”
Can you hear Latif in the new Toast spin-off?
Speaking of spin-offs, Latif was on the podcast talking about returning for the Toast of London spin-off Toast of Tinseltown, which debuted on BBC 2 last week. Latif reprises his famed role as audio engineer Clem Fandango, which you can see in the trailer below. Latif’s next big role will be playing Captain Nemo in the Disney+ series Nautilus. Like Yeoh, he is keeping busy too.