The wait to find out the cast of CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery has been agonizing for fans. Many assumed the lead would have been announced during the big 50th anniversary celebration earlier this year but that came and went without a peep. Finally, we know one actor involved – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Michelle Yeoh!
Producer Nicholas Meyer confirmed to ComingSoon.net her involvement saying “I know Michelle Yeoh is in it.” It’s unclear at this point if Yeoh, who’s more recently starred in Marco Polo, is the “Number One” they’ve already teased. They’ve said Discovery would focus on a woman but that she wouldn’t be the Captain of this new crew. Could the Captain also be a woman and be Yeoh? Oh god I hope so.
The project itself has been on a bit of a bumpy road. No one was really expecting a new series anytime soon, what with the rebooted film universe taking the spotlight. But then CBS announced they were going to make one, only it was going to be available exclusively on their CBS All Access subscription streaming service (Bell Media in Canada and Netflix everyone else).
While fans quarreled whether or not the price point of $5.99 per month ($9.99 for no commercials) was worth it, one big positive piece of the puzzle was Hannibal producer Bryan Fuller jumping on board as showrunner. After that we weren’t seeing much, besides a make-up test, and then the series was pushed back from January 2017 to May. That didn’t look good. Then came the other shoe – Fuller had to step down as showrunner to concentrate on his other duties on Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and the reboot of Amazing Stories at NBC.
Are you as hyped for Yeoh to star in Star Trek: Discovery as I am?