There’s been some news floating around that actress Michelle Yeoh has been cast in the upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery.
According to an article on EW.com, one of the show’s producers Nicholas Meyer let the news slip during an interview; however CBS Television studios has declined to confirm the casting choice. Still, seeing who this news is coming from it seems like it’s pretty legit.
Meyer has stated that Michelle Yeoh will be playing a captain, but not the captain of the Discovery. Instead, she will be playing Captain Han Bo of the starship Shenzhou, but that she will “play a significant role in the show’s first season,” according to the EW article linked above.
Discovery was originally set to launch in January 2017, but due to issues finding the right cast as well as Bryan Fuller stepping down as showrunner, it was pushed back to May 2017. The series is set to follow a female lieutenant commander on board the eponymous vessel, about 10 years prior to the original series.
Personally, I’m very excited about this news. Michelle Yeoh is an actress that I quite like, and I count Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon among my favorite movies. Her casting also affirms Discovery’s commitment to having a diverse cast.
Plus, it’s also one of the first pieces of news that we’ve had about the first Star Trek series in over a decade since announcing the delay, which is definitely a sign to the positive.