Star Trek: Michelle Yeoh May Get Discovery Spinoff

The Star Trek Television universe continues to expand as Michelle Yeoh is in talks to spinoff her Star Trek Discovery role

To boldy go indeed.

CBS is preparing to expand its Star Trek TV universe once again. According to Deadline, the network is in talks with Star Trek Discovery actress Michelle Yeoh to reprise her role as Captain Philippa Georgiou in a spinoff. A CBS spokesperson decline comment to Deadline but this certainly wouldn’t be out of character with the ambitious plans the network currently has for the Star Trek universe.

In addition to Star Trek Discovery Season 2, CBS is prepping an animated Star Trek: Lower Decks comedy series to be showrun by a Rick and Morty writer and a Star Trek: The Next Generation followup starring Sir Patrick Stewart, himself. That’s not even to mention the two limited series underway. Anyone up for a a good old-fashioned “Khaaaaaan!?”

A spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh would make sense in filling out some empty spaces on CBS All Access’s Star Trek plans. Despite being…ahem, less than alive, Yeoh’s Captain Phillipa Georgiou is set to appear in Star Trek Discovery Season 2. Georgiou served as a commanding officer aboard the USS Shenzhou where she performed admirably before having an unfortunately run-in with a Klingon flagship. 

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Thanks to the concept of flashbacks and maybe even a mirror universe or two, Yeoh as Captain Georgiou can use her Star Trek Discovery Season 2 appearance as a potential jumping off point for a spinoff. Georgiou’s recruitment into Section 31 is reportedly a storyline that the Star Trek Discovery Season 2 premiere on January 17 will address.

Then there’s also the matter of Yeoh’s recent creative renaissance. Yeoh has been a respected, successful actress for awhile now (Tomorrow Never Dies notwithstanding) but her role in Crazy Rich Asians has created even more attention and opportunity. Yeoh has a lot of new projects lined up including a Crazy Rich Asians sequel and her recently formed production studio, SK Global Entertainment.

Still, we’re sure she can find time for Star Trek. CBS certainly is.

Alec Bojalad is TV Editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his stuff here. Follow him at his creatively-named Twitter handle @alecbojalad