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Star Trek: Discovery - Michelle Yeoh Cast in Captain Role

24 Nov 2016

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Update: Deadline has confirmed, Michelle Yeoh has been cast in the role of a Starfleet Captain!

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘s Michelle Yeoh is heading into the final frontier with Star Trek: Discovery. Sources confirm to Deadline that the upcoming CBS All Access iteration of the fabled franchise will see Yeoh playing a Starfleet Captain.

However, before you start mapping out the deck of the Discovery, sources close to the production tell us exclusively that Yeoh will actually be the leader of another ship. We hear that Yeoh has been cast as Han Bo and her ship is the Shenzhou. The Yeoh-run spacecraft is set to play a big role in Discovery‘s first season.

Asked for comment, Star Trek: Discovery producer CBS TV Studios declined to confirm Yeoh’s casting,

Thanks to Linda and Kollin Lore for the heads up.

The wait to find out the cast of CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery has been agonizing for fans. Many assumed the lead would have been announced during the big 50th anniversary celebration earlier this year but that came and went without a peep. Finally, we know one actor involved – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Michelle Yeoh!

Producer Nicholas Meyer confirmed to her involvement saying “I know Michelle Yeoh is in it.” It’s unclear at this point if Yeoh, who’s more recently starred in Marco Polo, is the “Number One” they’ve already teased. They’ve said Discovery would focus on a woman but that she wouldn’t be the Captain of this new crew. Could the Captain also be a woman and be Yeoh? Oh god I hope so.

Star Trek: Discovery has found its first star! Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘s Michelle Yeoh is set to headline the CBS All Access series, Nicholas Meyer just confirmed to CS. Meyer, who helmed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, is serving as a consulting producer on Discovery. Although it is unconfirmed at this time, Michelle Yeoh’s role is potentially the series’ lead, a female Lieutenant Commander.

“I know Michelle Yeoh is in it,” Meyer told us during a discussion of his 1979 sci-fi classic Time After Time. The film, starring Malcolm McDowell as H.G. Wells and David Warner as Jack the Ripper, received a Blu-ray edition last week from Warner Archive.