Over the summer, the hype machine for Star Trek: Discovery started to slowly churn out a few teases, until the premiere was delayed from January 2017 to May 2017. Then we heard that the show’s creator Bryan Fuller was stepping down from the role of showrunner, but would still be involved with the production — just not on a day-to-day basis.
Since then, all has been quiet on the Star Trek: Discovery front — until now.
In an interview with Collider, the show’s consulting producer and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan writer/director and Star Trek: Discovery consulting producer Nicholas Meyer casually dropped this casting gem:
“I know Michelle Yeoh is in it.”
Now, Paramount and CBS have not confirmed this casting, so it could end up that she is in negotiations but hasn’t signed on yet. That could also mean that she might decide to back out as well, so take this casting news with a grain of salt. But let us move on to the fun stuff!
The big speculation is that if Star Trek: Discovery has hired Yeoh, who will she be playing? We know that the main character of the show will be a Lieutenant Commander, who goes by the nickname of “Number One,” and being the first actress announced it would make sense they would build a cast around Yeoh.
However, speculation has it that this “Number One” is same one that appeared in the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage,” played by Majel Barrett. If so, then it is unlikely Yeoh would be playing that part.
Plus, just because Yeoh is the first name to be dropped, doesn’t mean she is the first to be cast. To be fair, most of that is based on the speculation that “Number One” is the same character from “The Cage,” but let’s not forget that William Riker also went by that nickname on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Back in August where it was revealed that the main character would be a female Lieutenant Commander, there were also a few more character breakdowns. These included a British male doctor, a Klingon Captain, and a female Starfleet Admiral. While I still doubt that list was a complete list of the main cast, Michelle Yeoh as a Starfleet Admiral feels far more correct than her playing “Number One.”
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on CBS in May 2017, followed by the series proper streaming on CBS All Access.