November 23, 2016


'Star Trek: Discovery' Announces Michelle Yeoh as First Cast Member

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Here's some exciting news for you Star Trek fans! Star Trek: Discovery has revealed the first actress to be cast in the show: Michelle Yeoh. Nicholas Meyer, who is the consulting producer on the project, revealed the bit to ComingSoon. There is no confirmation of who Yeoh will play, but people are speculating she is set to be the series' lead as a lieutenant commander. Yeoh recently reprised her role as Yu Shu Lien in February's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.

Back in August, executive producer Bryan Fuller promised a diverse cast with a female lead and a gay character. Star Trek: Discovery was previously set for a January debut, but it was announced the CBS Access series will now launch in May 2017.

Fuller and fellow exec Alex Kurtzman explained the delay, saying:

"Bringing Star Trek back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood. We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and postproduction for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: Star Trek deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”

Star Trek: Discovery comes after release of Star Trek: Beyond, the third film in the J.J. Abrams-led franchise reboot, in July. 

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