Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Michelle Yeoh is set to star in CBS's upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series. This is the first casting that we've heard about for the show. There's no confirmation of who she will be playing, but chances are she is taking on the lead role of the Lieutenant Commander.
The news comes from Nicholas Meyer, the director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He is serving as a consulting producer on Star Trek: Discovery, and during an interview with Comingsoon he said, “I know Michelle Yeoh is in it.”
The new series is said to take place before the original Star Trek series, and it will feature a female protagonist who isn't a Captain and include an openly gay character. Executive Producer Bryan Fuller also previously revealed that the main female character will be referred to as “Number One.” This is the character that Yeoh might be playing. That has yet to be confirmed, though. For more information on the series, click here.
Yeoh is a great actress who will give some weight to this new Star Trek series. It'll be interesting to see what other actors they end up bringing on board to fill out the cast. The series is set to premiere in May 2017 on CBS, after that all the episodes of Star Trek: Discovery will be available in the U.S. exclusively on CBS All Access.