Paramount+ Starts Production on ‘Star Trek: Section 31’ Movie Starring Michelle Yeoh, Seven Added to Cast

Production has begun on “Star Trek: Section 31,” the Paramount+ movie starring Michelle Yeoh.

As previously announced, Yeoh will reprise the role of Emperor Philippa Georgiou in the film, having originated the character in the first season of “Star Trek: Discovery.” Georgiou, after crossing over from the Mirror Universe, now works as an agent for the mysterious Federation spy group known as Section 31. The official description of the film states, “Tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets, [Georgiou] also must face the sins of her past.”

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It was also announced that Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Kacey Rohl (“Hannibal”), Sam Richardson (“Ted Lasso”), Sven Ruygrok (“One Piece”), Robert Kazinsky (“Pacific Rim”), Humberly Gonzalez (“Ginny & Georgia”) and James Hiroyuki Liao (“Barry”) have joined the cast of the film.

“And we’re off to the races! Thrilled to report principal photography has started on ‘Star Trek: Section 31’,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “We welcome our incredible cast of new characters as they join our beloved Michelle Yeoh on her next wild adventure across the ‘Trek’ universe.”

Rumors of a Yeoh-led Section 31 project began upon the conclusion of Season 1 of “Discovery,” after a deleted scene revealed Georgiou being approached by a member of the shadowy intelligence organization on the Klingon homeworld. Section 31 was first introduced in the “Star Trek” series “Deep Space Nine.” The organization has since been featured in the “Star Trek” shows “Enterprise,” “Discovery,” “Lower Decks,” and “Picard,” as well as the film “Into Darkness.”

Craig Sweeny serves as writer and executive producer on “Star Trek: Section 31.” Olatunde Osunsanmi will direct and executive produce. Yeoh will executive produce in addition to starring. Alex Kurtzman and Aaron Baiers executive produce via Secret Hideout. Rod Rodenberry and Trevor Roth of Rodenberry Entertainment also executive produce along with Frank Siracusa and John Weber. CBS Studios will produce. Sweeny, Osunsanmi, and Kurtzman are all currently under overall deals at CBS Studios.

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