CBS All Access officially has a spin off Star Trek series featuring Michelle Yeoh in development, according to Variety.
Yeoh, who most recently starred in the Golden Globe-nominated movie, Crazy Rich Asians, will reprise her role as Philippa Georgiou, the former emperor from the Mirror Universe.
Her character will explore the next chapter as a member of Section 31, which is a shadowy intelligence agency that is operating within the Federation from Star Trek: Discovery. Yeoh will also appear in Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery debuting Jan. 17. As established in Season 1 of Discovery, Georgiou is the alternate universe duplicate of Captain Philippa Georgiou.
Rumors of the spin off circulated after a deleted scene was revealed involving Georgiou at the end of Star Trek: Discovery’s first season.
“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories,” Yeoh said. “Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play. I can’t wait to see where it all goes – certainly I believe it will go ‘where no WOMAN has ever gone before!’”
The untitled spin off will be written by Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt, with Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serving as executive producers. Aaron Baiers and Kim and Lippoldt will be on as co-executive producers.
“Michelle has shattered ceilings, broken boundaries, and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades,” Kurtzman said. “As a human, I adore her. As an actor, I revere her. Erika and Boey are remarkable, exciting writers who bring a fresh perspective to the world of ‘Star Trek,’ and we’re all thrilled to explore the next wild chapter in the life of Captain Philippa Georgiou.”
It’s interesting that Kurtzman refers to the character as “captain” — could it be that she will be assuming command of a ship as part of her new role in Section 31? Time will tell…
For more Star Trek news, check out our hub and read about how Yeoh found perfection in Section 31. A Crazy Rich Asians sequel is also in development at Warner Bros. after the roaring success at the box office.
Jessie Wade is a news writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter @jessieannwade.