The early seasons of “Star Trek: Discovery” had Trekkies over the moon about Philippa Georgiou. A widely celebrated Starfleet Academy graduate and a respected Captain of the U.S.S. Shenzhou, the original character ended up killed in a confrontation with Klingons during season 1, but that wasn’t exactly the end of her story. She eventually reappeared as the Mirror Universe version of herself, an Emperor of the Terran Empire who ended up transported back to the Prime Universe of the U.S.S. Discovery. After serving as a compelling antihero throughout the rest of the series, remaining with the crew as they were thrown hundreds of years into the future in season 3, Georgiou’s last appearance in “Discovery” left her in a perfect position for a spin-off.
Now that this production has taken shape as a movie, the “Everything Everywhere All At Once” Oscar-winner had this to say about the news:
“I’m beyond thrilled to return to my ‘Star Trek’ family and to the role I’ve loved for so long. ‘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)!”
In a statement, Kurtzman explained that Yeoh had been beating the drum for a Georgiou spin-off back in 2017, prior to the first season of “Discovery” even airing. No release date has yet been announced, but stay tuned to /Film for more details.