Red Alert! Action star Michelle Yeoh is making a return to where no woman has gone before, as she is set to reprise her scene stealing turn as Philippa Georgiou in CBS All Access’ new Star Trek spinoff series.
“I am so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories,” exclaimed the Malaysian-born actress.
“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!’”
Yeoh, 56, was part of season one of the acclaimed Star Trek: Discovery, which first debuted on CBS All Access and Netflix in September 2017. And no, she is not playing the Captain, but the Emperor.
Her dual portrayals of Captain Philippa Georgiou and her more sinister Mirror Universe equivalent, who was Emperor of the evil Terran empire, garnered much praise, landing her a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor In A Television Series, cementing her esteemed place in Star Trek fandom.
In this new sequel, she will reportedly be playing as Mirror Universe Georgiou once more, who featured for the majority of Discovery, when her prime universe counterpart was killed off at the beginning of the series.
Set in events after Discovery, the spinoff aims to explore Georgiou’s time as a recruit of Section 31, which fans might remember as the sinister black-ops group first seen back in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Besides Discovery, Yeoh has demonstrated her immense acting chops for quite some time now, with notable works including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and its 2016 sequel, Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Marco Polo (2016), and the recent Hollywood blockbuster, Crazy Rich Asians (2018).
While her starring role in this new Discovery spinoff series is confirmed, Yeoh will still be making a guest appearance as Georgiou in season two of Discovery – which also will feature a new face of the iconic Spock – which will air later this week.
In other Star Trek-related news, Patrick Stewart makes a return as the beloved Jean-Luc Picard in yet another spin-off series, this time set years after Star Trek: The Next Generation, after the events that unfolded in the first Star Trek reboot movie, when Romulus was destroyed.
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