Star Trek: Discovery has been slow to get off the ground, with the show facing production delays, script issues and the departure of its showrunner Bryan Fuller, but it looks like things are finally moving along.
Michelle Yeoh has reportedly joined the show’s cast, according to multiple trade publications, in an undisclosed role. CBS declined to comment on the casting when asked by Polygon.
Some outlets have reported that Yeoh, best known for her work in Netflix’s Marco Polo and Ang Lee’s acclaimed film from 2000, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has been cast as a female captain or lieutenant, but according to Variety, that’s not the case. Fuller announced this summer that the lead of the show would be a female lieutenant, but Variety is reporting that CBS executives want someone a little younger.
In an earlier press tour, Fuller said that one of his goals as a showrunner was to bring on a diverse cast of actors, have a woman in the lead role and feature an openly gay character. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will also feature “a female admiral, a male Klingon captain, a male admiral, a male adviser and a British male doctor.”
Star Trek: Discovery, which will introduce new characters, worlds and alien races to the Star Trek universe, was supposed to debut on CBS’ streaming service, All Access, in January. Due to creative differences and time constraints, however, the show has been pushed back to May.