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Report: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Sets Michelle Yeoh to Lead

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The outlook on CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery grew somewhat dim with delayed production and the exit of Bryan Fuller, but its first official casting might perk things right back up. According to reports, Crouching Tiger star Michelle Yeoh is the first to board Discovery, potentially in a leading role.

ComingSoon reports that writer Nicholas Meyer confirmed the news of Yeoh’s casting, albeit without specifying the role. The new Star Trek series is said to be led by a female Lieutenant Commander, which could be the position Yeoh fills.

Shooting in Toronto, the new 13-episode Star Trek: Discovery is officially said to take place 10 years before Kirk’s original Enterprise mission, as well to be “heavily serialized,” akin to a novel, more-so than episodic. The new series will also feature a non-captain female lead, with a Klingon captain and a British doctor, and explore the fallout of an event referenced, but never seen in the original series.

Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer has also joined alongside Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod, fan-favorite Voyager novel alum Kirsten Beyer, franchise vet Joe Menosky and Heroes writer Aron Coleite. So reads the initial synopsis for the series, which debuts on CBS in May 2017 before moving to All-Access:

The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.

Additional details will hopefully emerge within the next few weeks, but what do we make of the first potential Star Trek: Discovery casting?

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