It’s been three years since the announcement of a Star Trek: Discovery spin-off series in development about Section 31, starring Michelle Yeoh as her Mirror Universe character Emperor Georgiou. Now the busy actress gives a brief update and description of what the show could be like.
Guardians of the Section: Impossible?
Ever since the third season of Star Trek: Discovery set up Michelle Yeoh’s Georgiou to head off on new adventures for a Section 31 series, there has been a long wait. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress said she remains hopeful the show will get off the ground.
Although the show has yet to move into production, a writers’ room was put together to develop scripts for the series back in 2019. And Yeoh gave EW a brief description of the proposed series:
Section 31 is that [Star Trek] universe but different… It’s like Mission: Impossible meets Guardians of the Galaxy in space.
Yeoh’s mention of Guardians is interesting, as her exit from Discovery was managed by reintroducing the Guardian of Forever manifested as “Carl” (played by Paul Guilfoyle), who could be part of a Section 31 show.
Reportedly the Section 31 show was to go into production in 2020, but was derailed by the pandemic shutdown; however, multiple seasons of live-action Star Trek have been made since production restarted in 2021. Earlier this year, Paramount executives said news on the show should be coming soon, so perhaps 2022 is the year Yeoh returns to Trek. Earlier this month Paramount officially announced Star Trek: Picard will end after its third season, so if they want to maintain year-round Trek on Paramount+ with around 50 episodes/year, another show will have to be greenlit for production.
In the meantime, Yeoh remains very busy (which could be a contributing factor for the wait). She is just coming off her starring role in the 2022 film Everything Everywhere All at Once, and she will soon be seen in the Netflix mini-series The Witcher: Blood Origin, and the sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar. She will be shooting more Avatar sequels and is currently in production on the upcoming Disney+ action-comedy series American Born Chinese.
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