Bryan Fuller and and Alex Kurtzman have created a new entry into the classic science fiction franchise called "Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry. "Star Trek Discovery" is set ten years prior to the events of the original series. It is also the second prequel series after "Star Trek Enterprise" starring Scott Bakula. It is important to note that this series will follow the plot of the television franchise and not the rebooted 2009 film continuity.

Michelle Yeoh is the first major casting announcement

It has been reported that veteran actress Michelle Yeoh of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is a cast member. Showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts have yet to mention what role Mrs. Yeoh will have in the series. She is the first official cast member to be announced.

There is no doubt that Yeoh will be a powerhouse talent as an actor in the series. Besides Martial Arts epics like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Wing Chun," she also starred in the James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies" alongside then 007 actor Pierce Brosnan.

She also loaned her voice to "Kung Fu Panda 2" as the Soothsayer.

According to Fuller, the show will feature a vessel commanded not by a captain. Instead, the ship will be led by a mysterious character known only as Number One. The title is a throwback to Jonathan Frake's character Commander William Riker's moniker in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." While Yeoh has not been confirmed as the character, there has been some speculation that it could be her.

Diversity Goals

The producers have said that the lead will be a female commanding officer who is of minority origin. It is supposed to be the most diverse cast in both actors, actresses, and characters. At least, that is what "Star Trek" producers are promising.

The franchise has already reached several diversity goals. For instance, both the original series and "The Next Generation" featured minority actors in prominent roles.

"Deep Space Nine" featured the first African-American captain. "Voyager" featured the first female captain and the first Native American commander. Maybe "Discovery" will find new ways to break down barriers. The series will premiere in 2017 on CBS All Access.

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