Michelle Yeoh to Star in “Star Trek: Section 31” Movie for Paramount+
Fresh off winning her first Oscar for her stellar work in Everything Everywhere All At Once, Michelle Yeoh has set a new course on her star chart.
Yeoh will be headlining a new Star Trek movie, Star Trek: Section 31, reprising her Star Trek: Discovery role as Emperor Philippa Georgiou. Section 31, which will stream on Paramount+, was initially conceived as a series, but the stars aligned for Star Trek captain Alex Kurtzman to convert the series into a feature.
The Hollywood Reporter scoops that Kurtzman had already been thinking about making the switch with Section 31 from a series to a feature film, but the idea really hit warp speed after he saw Everything Everywhere All At Once and thought that Yeoh would win an Oscar for her performance. Who can blame him for thinking that the world would want more of Yeoh with meaty film roles?
Yeoh was the first person to be cast on Star Trek: Discovery, appearing in its first three seasons. Sources tell THR that Section 31 is being imagined in the same vein as two very popular and very different film franchises—”Mission: Impossible meets Guardians of the Galaxy.” Breathless action sequences mixed with adventures on alien planets and with a cast of colorful, often non-human characters? Sold.
Production on Section 31 is slated to begin later this year, and Kurtzman is planning on releasing a direct-to-streaming Star Trek film on Paramount+ every two years. There’s a lot more going on in the Star Trek universe, including the new teen-focused series Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, set to start production in the spring of 2024; the third and final season of Star Trek: Picard, which ends this week; the return of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds this June; the adult animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks will return for a fifth season; and finally, Star Trek: Discovery will bow for its fifth and final season in early 2024.
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Featured image: “Terra Firma, Part 2” — Ep#310 — Pictured: Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Burnham and Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou of the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/CBS ©2020 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved.