# MICHELLE YEOH TO STAR IN NEW “STAR TREK: SECTION 31” FILM
Michelle Yeoh has recently won an Oscar and is now set to reprise her role in “Star Trek: Discovery” for a new film based on the black ops organization known as Section 31. “Star Trek: Section 31” follows her character, the Emperor Philippa Georgiou. For those not familiar with “Star Trek,” Philippa Georgiou is the original captain of the ship Shenzhou but was killed in the pilot episode. Her “evil” Mirrorverse counterpart shows up later in the season, and the Emperor found herself stranded in the primary “Star Trek” universe onboard the Discovery.
# THE STORY BEHIND EMPEROR PHILIPPA GEORGIOU
One might be confused about her character, especially regarding the concept of Emperors in “Star Trek.” The Mirrorverse is a universe like our own, only where people often have questionable facial hair choices and often are the moral opposites of their main universe counterparts.
So where one Philippa had been a kind and maternal captain who loved her crew dearly, the other was a ruthless Emperor who ate sentient creatures, took slaves, and generally was a terrible human being. The Emperor then found herself stranded in the primary “Star Trek” universe onboard the Discovery and slowly came around to being less of a monster — but still a prickly character next to the genuinely good and kind crew of the ship.
The reaction to her character was good enough that rumors popped up that Paramount Plus and Yeoh were developing a spinoff series about her character joining Section 31, which is kind of the “Star Trek” equivalent of the CIA. In 2019, the series was confirmed to be in development.
# “SECTION 31” BECOMES A FILM
“Section 31” is still happening! But it will be a film instead of a TV series. This will be the first film based on characters from “Star Trek: Discovery” and the first “Star Trek” film to be based on a single character rather than an entire crew. While details on the plot are scarce so far, it is expected that Yeoh’s Emperor will be reckoning with her villainous past, kind of like Xena in space.
“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,” Yeoh said in a press release. “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)!”
# A LATER DEBUT ON PARAMOUNT PLUS
“Star Trek: Section 31” will appear on Paramount Plus at a later date and begins production later this year. This announcement comes in the wake of other successful “Star Trek” shows like “Picard.” This film marks a new era by focusing on a single character and delving into the complicated history and inner workings of the Section 31 black ops organization.