Paramount+ has officially started production on “Star Trek: Section 31,” and added eight more to the cast.
Omari Hardwick, Sam Richardson, Kacey Rohl, Sven Ruygrok, Robert Kazinsky, Humberly Gonzalez, and James Hiroyuki Liao have joined the film. They join previously cast Michelle Yeoh who leads in the role of Emperor Philippa Georgiou. This comes after more than five years since the project’s initial development announcement.
Yeoh, previously featured in Star Trek: Discovery, reprises her role as Emperor Georgiou. Although the character met an early demise, Yeoh made a return as the ruthless mirror-universe counterpart, Emperor Georgiou, deeply involved in Starfleet’s covert Section 31 during Discovery Season 2.
The movie’s plot will revolve around Georgiou’s mission to protect the United Federation of Planets, all while confronting the shadows of her past.
Alex Kurtzman, the executive producer, expressed excitement as principal photography commenced, stating, “Thrilled to report principal photography has started on Star Trek: Section 31. We welcome our incredible cast of new characters as they join our beloved Michelle Yeoh on her next wild adventure across the Trek universe.”
The creative team behind the movie includes writer Craig Sweeny and director Olatunde Osunsanmi. Yeoh herself, along with Kurtzman, Sweeny, Aaron Baiers, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth, serves as an executive producer.
Originally conceptualized as a Section 31 series at CBS All Access, the project underwent retooling to become a streaming movie for Paramount+. Despite the challenges and delays, the production is now well underway.
While the release date is yet to be announced, “Star Trek: Section 31” will be exclusively available for streaming on Paramount+ in the U.S. and in all international markets where the service is accessible. Paramount Global Content Distribution will handle the movie’s distribution.