Space, the final frontier. When Nicholas Meyer revealed Michelle Yeoh as the first cast member to come on board Star Trek: Discovery (the first scripted Star Trek series since Enterprise left the air in 2005) there were no details as to the role the actress would play. Until now.
Deadline reports that the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress has been cast in a Starfleet Captain role, just not the Captain of the U.S.S. Discovery. So, just who is she playing, then? Could she have been cast as the female lead known as “Number One”? According to “sources close to the production,” Yeoh has landed the role of Han Bo, Captain of the ship Shenzhou and that it will play an important role in the show’s first season.
What we know of Star Trek: Discovery so far is that the series will take place approximately ten years before the adventures of Kirk, Spock and Bones (Star Trek: The Original Series), and that the lead character will be the Federation starship’s young female lieutenant commander (who's expected to be non-white) known to the Discovery crew as “Number One” -- which would make her the Captain’s second-in-command (see: Majel Barrett in TOS’ first pilot “The Cage,” and The Next Generation’s Commander Riker). We also know that the show will feature a gay character, as well as some new and returning alien species (most likely Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans, Andorians and the likes).
Star Trek: Discovery will warp full speed ahead on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Canada in May (with the pilot debuting on CBS itself) and on Netflix worldwide. What do you think of Michelle Yeoh’s role in executive producer Bryan Fuller's new Star Trek series?