Star Trek Discovery Michelle Yeoh Cast CBS

Star Trek: Discovery Casts Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh is about to inhabit the captain’s chair.

The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star has signed on to play the head of a Starfleet ship in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery.

A rep for the series would not confirm or comment on the casting.

Yeoh’s character, Han Bo, will helm the Shenzhou — and as such is not the series’ previously announced female lead character. Han Bo and her ship reportedly will have prominent roles in Season 1.

At the Television Critics Association press tour in August, Discovery‘s then-showrunner Bryan Fuller said the new series’ 13-episode first season would “bridge the gap between Enterprise and the original series” and would deal with an incident in Starfleet history “that had been talked about but never fully explored. [We’re telling] that story through a character who is on a journey that is going to teach her how to get along with others in the galaxy.”

In September, CBS announced that the reboot, originally slated to debut in January, would instead bow in May. (The premiere will air on CBS network before moving exclusively to CBS All Access.) Fuller then stepped down from the showrunner position in October and was replaced by EPs Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg.

Yeoh, who has worked primarily in film, also has appeared on TV’s Strike Back and Marco Polo.

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  1. Kevin says:

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was one of my favorite movies of all time. The casting of Michelle Yeoh looks fine by me.

  2. APFW says:

    I wish she was the main character.

  3. C says:

    Best casting news in a very very very long time!

  4. Kyp says:

    “On a journey to get along with others?” Why dont they just call it star trek: diversity?

  5. Myself says:

    I’ll enjoy it for the two seasons it will be on until it is cancelled.

  6. Anne says:

    OMg that’s seriously amazing casting. I love her.

  7. Daniel C. Fisher says:

    Michelle Yeoh is a consummate actress and I love to see her act. This should be a great show!

  8. Walrus says:

    Like her, and want to see the show. Not happy about having to pay yet again for TV. I’m already shelling out over $250 a month. Since CBS owns Showtime, they should show it there as well.

  9. TVLineCommentator says:

    Michelle Yeoh is not known as a classical actress in HK

    she is best known as the Bond Girl to Pierce Brosnan

    no thanks

    • Marco Collins says:

      She certainly is an honored HK actress. As a fan of HK cinema, your comment is false. Check her out in the Heroic Trio films and her many others. She got the Bond film bc of recognition from Crouching Tiger.

  10. Agent 86 says:

    Good news. Now, let’s see Lucy Lawless cast as an Admiral in Starfleet.

  11. Am sorry to say I doubt this series will ever make it. First mistake doing it 10 years before the original series. Enough with the past… ENTERPRISE failed badlly and now they want to do it again. Love the casting, but it needs to be set in the DS9 and VOY timeline. Not in the past.