“Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh is in talks to reprise her “Star Trek Discovery” role of Phillippa Georgiou to lead an upcoming spin-off series based around her character in the works at CBS All Access.
Still in the early planning stages, the spin-off will likely to focus on a continuation of her adventures in the upcoming second season of the series where she’s now working for Section 31 – the secret, autonomous organization that is a part of the Federation charter.
An offshoot of Starfleet Intelligence, and operating without oversight, they essentially carry out covert ops for the Federation and were featured in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek Into Darkness”.
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Yeoh appeared in the pilot of “Star Trek Discovery” as Captain Philippa Georgiou, captain of the USS Shenzhou who served as the mentor of the show’s lead character Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). She died early on, leading to Burnham joining the USS Discovery, but Yeoh returned to the role as the ‘Mirror Universe’ version of her character who served as Emperor of the Terran Empire.
At the end of the first season, Yeoh’s character was trapped in our universe and had assumed her dead counterpart’s identity – ultimately helping Starfleet with a key mission. She is then recruited to Section 31 in the final moments of the first season finale.
If the Yeoh-led show goes forward it would join ‘Discovery’, the untitled Jean-Luc Picard series, and half-hour animated comedy “Star Trek: Below Decks” all on the service. The second season of ‘Discovery’ is set to debut January 17th on CBS All Access in the U.S. and on Netflix worldwide.