Michelle Yeoh In Negotiations To Star In ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Spin-Off
CBS All-Access is expanding the Trekverse at warp speed. In addition to the return of Patrick Stewart’s Jean Luc Picard in a new series, it looks like Michelle Yeoh’s Captain Philippa Georgiou will star in her own stand-alone series.
Deadline is reporting that CBS is in negotiations with Michelle Yeoh to star in her own series, as they look to expand the Star Trek TV universe. CBS declined to comment.
The potential series is in early development stages and would focus on the character post-season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. Fans of the show have become incredibly attached to the character in the series and it makes sense to create a space for her to exist as a lead, rather than in a secondary role to Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green).
In season 2, Starfleet Section 31 (first introduced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) will be further explored. Discovery will show Georgiou being recruited into secretive Section 31, which is said to be a substantial storyline in the new season.
CBS may be moved to proceed with the idea as the potential spin-off would help grow the fandom as Georgiou has become immensely popular. Additionally, Yeoh has gotten a career resurgence thanks to her turn as Eleanor Young in the biggest romantic-comedy of the year, Crazy Rich Asians.
A Georgiou series is not entirely unlikely or unexpected. Following the incredible response to the announcement of a Picard series, CBS was likely moved in this direction. The possibilities are limitless as Star Trek does have an impressive number of interesting and complicated characters that could spin-off into their own series.
The potential new series would join other Trekverse ventures such as the recently announced half-hour adult animated comedy series, Star Trek: Below Decks and the Star Trek: Short Treks, which are gearing up fans for the approaching second season of Discovery right now.
Discovery season 2 begins airing January 17, 2019.