Much to the disappointment of Trekkies everywhere, Star Trek: Discovery will not debut in the New Year as initially advertised by CBS back in the spring. There’s a lot of anticipation for the show, even though Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller stepped away from his day-to-day duties on it last month, but representing the first new Trek to be seen on TVs in 12 years, fans are hoping that Discovery will be everything they didn’t get with the three most recent Trek movies. That’s a lot to put on the head of the actress who ends up taking lead on Discovery, but something tells us that Michelle Yeoh can probably handle it.
Filmmaker Nicholas Meyer spilled the beans while talking to Coming Soon about his 1979 hit Time After Time. “I know Michelle Yeoh is in it,” he told the site, though he didn’t elaborate as to whether Yoeh will take the lead, or whether she will only be appearing in a limited capacity. CBS didn’t comment as to whether or not Yeoh is beaming onboard Discovery.
As previously reported, the main character of Discovery will be a female lieutenant commander, but there is also another female character who is an admiral. At the age of 54, Yeoh might be more likely to carry the rank of admiral, than lieutenant commander, but never say never. The other five members of the main cast are all male characters including an other admiral, a Klingon captain, an “advisor” and a “British male doctor.” The cast will also include Trek’s first openly gay character.
Yoeh is an internationally famous Chinese actress who made a name for herself in the Hong Kong action scene in the 90s by not only acting but performing her own stunts in those films. In America, she’s probably most famous for appearing in Tomorrow Never Dies, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Sunshine, and she also recently appeared on the Netflix series Marco Polo. Incidentally, if Yeoh does end up taking lead on Discovery, she would be the first non-white, non-American actress to be the head of a Star Trek series, but we’ll have to wait and see in what capacity she’ll appear when the official word comes down from CBS.
Star Trek: Discovery launches on CBS this May and will continue its ongoing mission on CBS All Access, the Space channel in Canada, and Netflix around the globe.