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11.23.2016

Star Trek: Discovery Michelle Yeoh

Update: Deadline, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have each confirmed that Michelle Yeoh will indeed to joining the cast of Star Trek: Discovery, but that she will not be playing the lead role, which Variety claims still hasn't been cast as they're apparently still looking for the right actress. Deadline reports that Yeoh will be playing a Starfleet officer by the name of Han Bo who captains a ship called the Shenzhou. Captain Han Bo will be a recurring character but Deadline adds that the Shenzhou will be playing a large role in the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. CBS declined to comment on the casting, but I'd imagine that they will make it official soon enough.

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It's been a tough road for Star Trek: Discovery these past few months, the series premiere was delayed and Bryan Fuller stepped back from his showrunner duties after CBS began to grow "increasingly concerned that he had too much on his plate." As production is expected to kick off in Toronto very soon, it's a little strange that we haven't heard much of anything about which actors will be taking part in Star Trek: Discovery, until now.

Nicholas Meyer, director of both STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN and STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, is involved with Star Trek: Discovery as both writer and consulting producer and recently revealed to ComingSoon that Michelle Yeoh (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) would have a role in the series. This hasn't been officially confirmed just yet and Meyer didn't elaborate on which role Yeoh would be playing, but CS believes that she will be taking on the role of Discovery's lead, a Lieutenant Commander who serves as first officer on the USS Discovery. Bryan Fuller has teased several roles in the past which would also be a good fit for Michelle Yeoh, including a female Admiral. Keep in mind that Yeoh's casting is still unconfirmed, but if true, her involvement can only mean good things for the upcoming series. Star Trek: Discovery takes place ten years before Kirk, bridging the gap between Enterprise and the original series, and will premiere on CBS All Access in May 2017.

How do you feel about the possibility of Michelle Yeoh boarding Star Trek: Discovery?

Source: ComingSoon

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9:47AM on 11/24/2016
This series is shaping up to be real good.
This series is shaping up to be real good.
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9:58AM on 11/23/2016
My understanding is that the lead character isn't the captain and that it will be the first series to focus on an officer lower in the ranking structure. I've also read in some previous interviews that the lead will be female and as this is the first casting announcement I think it's safe to say she will be the lead.
My understanding is that the lead character isn't the captain and that it will be the first series to focus on an officer lower in the ranking structure. I've also read in some previous interviews that the lead will be female and as this is the first casting announcement I think it's safe to say she will be the lead.
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8:57AM on 11/23/2016
Hopefully she's the Captain.
Hopefully she's the Captain.
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8:45AM on 11/23/2016
It's always great to see Michelle Yeoh on the screen, big or small. She always makes her role standout.
It's always great to see Michelle Yeoh on the screen, big or small. She always makes her role standout.
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6:05AM on 11/23/2016

Great news.

Michelle is a great actress and always brings something new in each role. This shouldn't be compared to other Token asian casting in order to sell to the chinese market. Michelle has earned her iconic statues in the film industry, its just a shame she isn't cast in more hollywood roles.
Michelle is a great actress and always brings something new in each role. This shouldn't be compared to other Token asian casting in order to sell to the chinese market. Michelle has earned her iconic statues in the film industry, its just a shame she isn't cast in more hollywood roles.
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6:53AM on 11/23/2016
I don't think it will be treated as a 'token asian', especially if she does turn out to be the lead. She'll be front centre in the narrative. Less Hoshi Sato and more Captain Janeway. If you get what I mean.
I don't think it will be treated as a 'token asian', especially if she does turn out to be the lead. She'll be front centre in the narrative. Less Hoshi Sato and more Captain Janeway. If you get what I mean.
12:08AM on 11/23/2016

A decent choice, but...

Yeoh is 54 years old, so she will not be the Lt Commander lead. Most likely a supporting role on the ship or an alien species regular.
Yeoh is 54 years old, so she will not be the Lt Commander lead. Most likely a supporting role on the ship or an alien species regular.
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5:24AM on 11/23/2016
That's very possible, and I was expecting someone in their 30s (that's an appropriate age for a Lt. commander, right?)... But I have a theory!

I'm sure Fuller said the character starts as a Lt. Cmdr, but we'll see her in different ranks. Maybe they expect her to spend the most time as a Captain so will make her look younger now, which will allow her to play her correct age in future series.

If that makes sense.
Or you could be right and she's the admiral
That's very possible, and I was expecting someone in their 30s (that's an appropriate age for a Lt. commander, right?)... But I have a theory!

I'm sure Fuller said the character starts as a Lt. Cmdr, but we'll see her in different ranks. Maybe they expect her to spend the most time as a Captain so will make her look younger now, which will allow her to play her correct age in future series.

If that makes sense.
Or you could be right and she's the admiral
9:01PM on 11/22/2016
If this is true then I'm going to be smug as I called it as an Asian lead months ago, whilst all the news outlets seemed assume the lead would be a black actress.

Trek hasn't had an Asian lead before, so it's about time.
If this is true then I'm going to be smug as I called it as an Asian lead months ago, whilst all the news outlets seemed assume the lead would be a black actress.

Trek hasn't had an Asian lead before, so it's about time.
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9:02AM on 11/23/2016
Damn near nothing in the U.S. has had an Asian lead. The only Asian on the #1 show on television just got his head bashed in with a baseball bat.
Damn near nothing in the U.S. has had an Asian lead. The only Asian on the #1 show on television just got his head bashed in with a baseball bat.
9:09AM on 11/23/2016
Ha! And I'm still traumatised because of it!

The only series I watch now that has a particularly prominent Asian in it now is Agents of SHIELD, With Ming-Na Wen (and I believe Chloe Bennet is half Asian?)
Ha! And I'm still traumatised because of it!

The only series I watch now that has a particularly prominent Asian in it now is Agents of SHIELD, With Ming-Na Wen (and I believe Chloe Bennet is half Asian?)
6:00PM on 11/24/2016
Martial Law was okay. They added Arsenio Hall in season two, I believe.
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Martial Law was okay. They added Arsenio Hall in season two, I believe.
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