The ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ spinoff will star the Oscar-winning ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ actress as Emperor Philippa Georgiou, a reprisal of her role in 'Star Trek: Discovery,' with an exec team of ‘Discovery’ veterans.
Michelle Yeoh, fresh off her Oscar-winning performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once, will reprise her Star Trek: Discovery role as Emperor Philippa Georgiou in the upcoming Star Trek: Section 31 film currently in development for Paramount+. The project boasts an exec team of Star Trek: Discovery veterans, including writer Craig Sweeny and director Olatunde Osunsanmi.
In Section 31, Georgiou “joins a secret division of Starfleet tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets and faces the sins of her past.”
“I’m beyond thrilled to return to my Star Trek family and to the role I’ve loved for so long,” said Yeoh. “Section 31 has been near and dear to my heart since I began the journey of playing Philippa all the way back when this new golden age of Star Trek launched. To see her finally get her moment is a dream come true in a year that’s shown me the incredible power of never giving up on your dreams. We can’t wait to share what’s in store for you, and until then: live long and prosper (unless Emperor Georgiou decrees otherwise)!”
Executive producer Alex Kurtzman stated, “All the way back in 2017, before the first season of Star Trek: Discovery had even aired, Michelle had the idea to do a spinoff for her character, Philippa Georgiou. She broke new ground as one of the first two women onscreen in the pilot to usher in a new age of Trek, and now, six years later, Section 31 finally arrives on the heels of her latest groundbreaking win.”
Section 31 was first picked up in 2019 as a series with Yeoh attached, but the project lost steam. Now, Georgiou will live on in a feature film though her parent series Discovery will air its fifth and final season in 2024.
“For years, we’ve been looking forward to Michelle Yeoh one day returning to Star Trek,” added David Stapf, president of CBS Studios. “Her powerful performance as Captain and Emperor Georgiou was a pivotal moment for the return of the franchise, and her portrayal resonated with fans around the world in a multitude of ways.”
Written by Sweeny and directed by Osunsanmi, the film is executive produced by Kurtzman, Sweeny, Aaron Baiers, Osunsanmi, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth and Yeoh, and is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.