How many Asians have ever had their own Hollywood series? It is probably in the tens but it is definitely the first for Michelle Yeoh to ever star a space-exploring series as an Asian lead! Psst… also Malaysian.
Our Kung Fu actress turned Bond girl turned galactic space commander will have her standalone Star Trek series after her latest film Crazy Rich Asians won the Best Comedy award at the Critics’ Choice Awards on January 13, Deadline Hollywood reported.
It will be a spinoff from the returning series Star Trek: Discovery, where its season 2 premieres today (Jan 17). Yeoh will continue bossing in space as Captain Philippa Georgiou and the entire series will focus on her character. More screentime!
Yeoh’s first leading American TV series is currently in an early development stage but the executive producer of the Trekverse has already been singing praise of Yeoh.
“Michelle has shattered ceilings, broken boundaries, and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades,” said Alex Kurtzman, the Star Trek expansion overlord.
“As a human, I adore her. As an actor, I revere her.
“Erika and Boey (co-executive producers) are remarkable, exciting writers who bring a fresh perspective to the world of Star Trek, and we’re all thrilled to explore the next wild chapter in the life of Captain Philippa Georgiou.”
Yeoh’s series will be a continuation of Discovery Season 2 adventures in Starfleet’s Section 31 division. It is a division that Captain Philippa secretly leads with autonomous control which has been a part of Trek lore since it was first introduced in the 1990s on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.
Yeoh was elated by the news and made no secret about it. Posting a champagne-popping photo of a caricature of herself and the article screencap on her Instagram, she told Deadline she is proud to be the woman leading the fleet.
“I’m so excited to continue telling these rich ‘Star Trek’ stories.
“Being a part of this Universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play.
“I can’t wait to see where it all goes – certainly I believe it will go ‘where no WOMAN has ever gone before!” said the 56-year-old actress.
Remember the time where she was booed for having an “accent” when Star Trek: Discovery season 1’s trailer came out?
Look at who is laughing now. Thank you, Michelle Yeoh, for making Asians, women and most importantly Malaysians proud!
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