Star Trek: Discovery, the highly anticipated upcoming TV series from the beloved franchise, is set feature an “Asian” starship, with Chinese-Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh as its captain.
Yeoh, who starred in the memorable Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is set to play the character of Han Bo, Captain of the USS Shenzhou in Star Trek: Discovery, Deadline reported.
“Discovery,” the name of the show’s main ship, marks the franchise’ return to the small screen since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005.
Yeoh’s casting was revealed by Coming Soon following an interview with consulting producer Nicholas Meyer. Other cast members for the new show have not been revealed.
Star Trek: Discovery is set to is set to premiere on CBS in May 2017, before moving to All Access for North American viewers. For viewers outside of the U.S. and Canada, the show can be watched via Netflix which streams in 188 countries. The first season will consist of 13 episodes.
According to the information that the producers have made available, the events of “Discovery” will take place about 10 years before the events of the original series. Other than that, not much details have been revealed about the plot and character details of Star Trek: Discovery.
The lead character known only as “Number One”, is expected to be played a non-white young woman and will be seen serving as a lieutenant commander aboard the Federation starship Discovery.
Will established characters make an appearance? Star Trek: Discovery co-creator Bryan Fuller said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in August, that,“once we get through this first season and establish our own Star Trek universe” and crew of characters, the series will look in a “second season to open up to more familiar characters and how they can feed into the [show].
First and foremost, I think we really want to convince you and establish the greatness of the [new] characters that are going to be introduced,” he was quoted as saying.