Nerdist Log, stardate 0418.23: Good news/bad news out of the Star Trek universe. The bad news is the long-awaited spinoff series starring Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou is not happening. The good news is the Oscar-winner will still reprise the role she first played on Star Trek: Discovery. Instead of an entire show, though, Michelle Yeoh will headline a standalone Star Trek movie titled Star Trek: Section 31.
Star Trek: Section 31 isn’t as much Michelle Yeoh as we wanted, but what we’re getting still sounds pretty good.
Paramount+ has announced what it’s calling a “special original movie event” for its streaming service. Star Trek: Section 31 will see Yeoh return as the character she introduced during season one of Discovery. (That’s where she also played her character’s evil Mirror Universe counterpart.) In 2019 reports said Yeoh would get her own spinoff series. Instead, her story will continue in her own film.
Here’s how Paramount+ described the film in a press release:
In Star Trek: Section 31, Emperor Philippa Georgiou joins a secret division of Starfleet tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets and faces the sins of her past.
In a statement, Yeoh talked about getting the chance to play the Star Trek character again. “I’m beyond thrilled to return to my Star Trek family and to the role I’ve loved for so long,” she said. “Section 31 has been near and dear to my heart since I began the journey of playing Philippa all the way back when this new golden age of Star Trek launched. To see her finally get her moment is a dream come true in a year that’s shown me the incredible power of never giving up on your dreams. We can’t wait to share what’s in store for you, and until then: live long and prosper (unless Emperor Georgiou decrees otherwise)!”
CBS Studios will produce the film with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. It goes into production later this year. Olatunde Osunsanmi will direct with a script from Craig Sweeny. They’ll both also produce as well—as will Alex Kurtzman, Aaron Baiers, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, and Yeoh.
Did we want even more time with Michelle Yeoh on Star Trek? Yes. Obviously. But some is still way better than none at all.