Step aside, Captain Kirk–we have a new leading lady ready to take on the final frontier. Boldly going where no woman has gone before, Michelle Yeoh has officially confirmed her role playing a Starfleet Captain in the newest iteration of the space exploration franchise, Star Trek: Discovery.
Now calm down, Trekkies – before you go all Spock on us about how “illogical” this is (a female captain? After VOYAGER?? HOW COULD THEY), Yeoh’s character will not actually be captain of the show’s titular U.S.S. Discovery NCC-
Not much else has been revealed about the plot of the new CBS show, which will be distributed by Netflix outside of the U.S. In fact, Yeoh, one of Asia’s biggest stars of the past three decades, is the first person to be cast. Although the Yeoh (Bo)-run ship isn’t the main dish of this galaxy course, the Shenzhou will be playing a prominent role in the first season of the series.
Those of you who were thrilled to have a female lead shouldn’t mourn that Yeoh won’t be captaining the Discovery though, as the lead character is in fact going to be a young woman, and likely non-white! And despite major plot/character details remaining largely unknown, we can guess that this series will be following in the footsteps of the 90’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in the sense that the lead will be known as “Number One”, a title given to the lieutenant commander rather than the captain him/herself. So we can assume we will be watching this lead grow into becoming a Captain Sisko-like member of the Federation.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of female spaceship captains, as Dark Matter‘s Melissa O’Neil seriously kicks butt as a strong female lead. I can’t wait to hear Yeoh’s captains log and see how the show fully develops under some awesome leading ladies! Either way, we hope she lives long and prospers.
If you want to start prepping for the exciting series to come, watch some of our films starring Yeoh herself HERE.