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It’s pretty clear at this point that the CBS All Access platform is the home for all things Star Trek. With four projects already in the works, a fifth is now confirmed. The network has announced that a Section 31 Star Trek spinoff is coming our way. The show will focus on Michelle Yeoh’s Captain Philippa Georgiou.
Fans had an idea this potential Section 31 Star Trek spinoff could be in the works when a deleted scene from Star Trek: Discovery was released depicting Georgiou being approached by a member of the group. Yeoh will still take part in Season 2 of Discovery, but she’ll be leading this new project as well.
After the news broke announcing the Section 31 Star Trek spinoff, Yeoh released a statement declaring her enthusiasm for the role:
“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories. Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play. I can’t wait to see where it all goes – certainly I believe it will go ‘where no WOMAN has ever gone before!’”
CBS’ lead on all this Star Trek, Alex Kurtzman, confirmed the news:
“Michelle has shattered ceilings, broken boundaries, and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades. As a human, I adore her. As an actor, I revere her. Erika and Boey are remarkable, exciting writers who bring a fresh perspective to the world of ‘Star Trek,’ and we’re all thrilled to explore the next wild chapter in the life of Captain Philippa Georgiou.”
The Section 31 Star Trek spinoff will be written by Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt. Listed executive producers include Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. CBS also states that Aaron Baiers will co-executive produce the series alongside Kim and Lippoldt.
It’s a prosperous time for Star Trek fans. Discovery returns to CBS All Access for Season 2 later this week. Patrick Stewart returns to the franchise with a Jean-Luc Picard led show later this year. And an animated comedy series entitled Star Trek: Lower Decks will focus upon the crew that handles the dirty work behind the scenes. In 2019 and beyond, there’s certainly a lot to be excited about.