In an announcement released on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, it was revealed that Paramount+ has greenlit a Star Trek: Section 31 “special movie event” starring Michelle Yeoh. The long-awaited Section 31 project, initially anticipated to be a series, will begin production later this year.
The series will see Yeoh reprising the role of Emperor Philippa Georgiou. Yeoh originally played the prime version of the character, Captain Georgiou. However, that version of the character was killed near the beginning of Star Trek: Discovery season 1. Later in the season, the Discovery crew traveled to the Mirror Universe. They eventually returned with Mirror Georgiou in tow.
In the prime universe, Mirror Georgiou was subsequently recruited by the titular Section 31. This secret (and possibly rogue) Starfleet organization has a long history of undertaking dirty (and sometimes immoral) tasks in the name of keeping Starfleet safe and secure. The organization was introduced on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Later, its history was more extensively explored on prequel shows like Discovery season 2 and Star Trek: Enterprise.
The Section 31 spin-off series was first announced in 2019. Meanwhile, Yeoh continued to bring the series up in the years following the announcement, including during her 2022 press tour for Everything Everywhere All at Once. And then earlier this year, in January 2023, it was confirmed that the project was “still in development.” Since then, Yeoh has been awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in EEAaO.
According to a quote from executive producer Alex Kurtzman included in the press release, the idea for the Section 31 spin-off originated from Yeoh herself. In fact, Yeoh will also serve as executive producer on the movie. Craig Sweeny will serve as writer on Section 31 and the film will be directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi (who directed multiple episodes of Discovery). Additional executive producers on the project include Osunsanmi, Aaron Baiers, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth.