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When will Star Trek: Section 31 be released?

A new Star Trek movie beams its way onto the small screen

MICHELLE YEOH in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (2017), directed by ALEX KURTZMAN and BRYAN FULLER. Credit: CBS Television Studios, Living Dead Guy Productions, Rodden / Album
Michelle Yeoh returns to Star Trek in Star Trek: Section 31. (Alamy)

Star Trek: Section 31 is currently in production, with Everything Everywhere All At Once Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh reprising her fan-favourite character Emperor Phillipa Georgiou.

This new film dives deep into a section of Star Trek lore that has long fascinated fans, following the clandestine exploits of a shady organisation that secretly pulls the strings in deep space.

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Yeoh is familiar with the territory, having played two very different versions of the same character in 2016’s Star Trek: Discovery, the latter of whom eventually crosses paths with the mysterious Section 31.

Originally planned as a stand-alone spin-off series, the project was elevated to fully-fledged feature film status in early 2023 - but what will Star Trek: Section 31 entail? Here’s everything you need to know.

When is Star Trek: Section 31 released?

Star Trek: Section 31 will be released on Paramount+ but an official release date has yet to be revealed.

In January 2024, we received word that production had officially begun on the movie, with Yeoh posting an announcement on her official Instagram account. As more details of the project begin to be released, hopefully, we’ll get a better idea of when we can watch it.

Is there a trailer for Star Trek: Section 31?

Not yet. As soon as it’s available, we’ll beam it straight up to this page.

What is the plot of Star Trek: Section 31?

MICHELLE YEOH in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (2017), directed by ALEX KURTZMAN and BRYAN FULLER. Credit: CBS Television Studios, Living Dead Guy Productions, Rodden / Album
Michelle Yeoh played two versions of the same character in Star Trek: Discovery. (Alamy)

Plot details of Star Trek: Section 31 are scarce but we do know that Yeoh’s sinister Emperor Phillipa Georgiou will be at the centre of its story.

The film’s synopsis doesn’t help shed any more light on things either, stating simply that Georgiou “joins a secret division of Starfleet” and is “tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets, [Georgiou] also must face the sins of her past.”

MICHELLE YEOH in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (2017), directed by ALEX KURTZMAN and BRYAN FULLER. Credit: CBS Television Studios, Living Dead Guy Productions, Rodden / Album
Phillipa Georgiou was originally a Starfleet captain on Star Trek: Discovery. (Alamy)

Who is Phillipa Georgiou? First introduced in Star Trek: Discovery, she was the Starfleet captain in charge of the U.S.S. Shenzhou before she was killed off and replaced by a doppelganger version of herself from a mirror universe. With the new title of Emperor Phillipa Georgiou, Yeoh continued to play this evil version of the same character for a further three series before talk of her own spin-off project ramped up.

A fan favourite, Emperor Georgiou eventually crossed paths with the secretive Section 31 throughout her adventures. This intelligence and defense spy organisation has been quietly operating behind the scenes for many different Star Trek stories and will take centre stage in Yeoh’s new movie.

Who is starring in Star Trek: Section 31?

Michelle Yeoh, a cast member in
Michelle Yeoh's Emperor Phillipa Georgiou returns in Star Trek: Section 31. (Alamy)

Yeoh returns to the Star Trek universe to play Emperor Georgiou, marking the first time she’s inhabited the role since her final appearance on Star Trek: Discovery in 2020.

“I’m beyond thrilled to return to my Star Trek family and to the role I’ve loved for so long,” said Yeoh in a statement. “Section 31 has been near and dear to my heart since I began the journey of playing Philippa all the way back when this new golden age of ‘Star Trek’ launched. To see her finally get her moment is a dream come true in a year that’s shown me the incredible power of never giving up on your dreams.

"We can’t wait to share what’s in store for you, and until then: live long and prosper (unless Emperor Georgiou decrees otherwise)!”

When production on the project began, we also learned that Omari Hardwick, Kacey Rohl, Sam Richardson, Sven Ruygrok, Robert Kazinsky, Humberly Gonzalez and James Hiroyuki Liao had also joined the cast although details of their roles are still firmly under wraps.


Star Trek: Section 31 is coming soon to Paramount+