Star Trek: Section 31 | Filming begins on the movie, starring Michelle Yeoh

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Filming has officially begun on Star Trek: Section 31, a straight-to-Paramount+ movie starring Michelle Yeoh and other actors.

Some five years after it was initially announced, Star Trek: Section 31 has officially gone into production, with Michelle Yeo set to reprise the role of Terran emperor Philippa Georgiou. It’s a role Yeoh first brought to the screen in the first season of Star Trek: Discovery – in fact, Star Trek: Section 31 was originally envisioned as a TV show before the decision was made to retool it as a straight-to-streaming movie.

Deadline reports that lots of other familiar-name actors are joining Yeoh as filming gets underway. Among them you’ll find Power’s Omari Hardwick, Ted Lasso's Sam Richardson, Pacific Rim's Robert Kazinsky, and Hannibal’s Kacey Rahl.

The film will explore the titular Section 31 – a kind of sci-fi covert ops outfit that carries out ethically questionable missions for the United Federation of Planets. Little is known about what the team will get up to in the film, directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, though a synopsis we found on IMDb goes something like this:

Emperor Philippa Georgiou joins a secret division of Starfleet tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets and faces the sins of her past.

The feature will be executive-produced by Alex Kurtzman, whose involvement in the Star Trek franchise stretches back to 2009’s Star Trek movie and continues right up to the present, with the likes of Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Strange New World all springing from his production company, Secret Hideout. That’s a lot of Star Trek.

A chirpy Kurtzman said of his latest project, “And we’re off to the races! 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.”

Star Trek: Section 31 is expected to stream on Paramount+ in 2025.

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