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BREAKING: ‘Star Trek: Section 31’ Now Filming!

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It’s been a long road getting from there to her, but ‘Star Trek: Section 31’ starring Michelle Yeoh is now filming! First being announced in 2019 as a series, it has now changed to a movie! The film will be directed by Star Trek: Discovery veteran Olatunde Osunsanmi. The movie is written by Craig Sweeny. This announcement has also come with casting for the movie.

We’ve gotten some more recent news about filming in the Kelvin universe with a prequel project by Andor director Toby Haynes. However, it looks like this project will be coming out first. But what do we know about this Section 31 original movie event?

Michelle Yeoh as Emperor Philippa Georgiou In Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 (Via Paramount+)

Official Description

Along with this announcement of filming, we have gotten an official description of the movie:

Tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets, Georgiou also must face the sins of her past.

Official Description of Star Trek: Section 31

This is a very vague description, and though the first half doesn’t give us much. This simply describes Star Trek: Section 31, a secretive agency protecting the United Federation of Planets first established in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. However, the second part of this description gives us so idea about what we might see in this movie.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 established more backstory for the former Terran Emperor. San was someone from the Mirror Universe who Georgiou cared about but unfortunately was killed. Georgiou says that he was someone who might have influenced her for the better, so we could see more about who San was and what his importance to Georgiou might be.

The Mask of the dead San, someone in Georgiou’s past who may have helped her become her better self – Star Trek: Discovery

Casting!

Along with a description we also got some cast announced for this movie! Alongside Michelle Yeoh we have Omari Hardwick (Power), Kacey Rohl (Hannibal), Sam Richardson (Ted Lasso), Sven Ruygrok (One Piece), Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim), Humberly Gonzalez (Ginny & Georgia) and James Hiroyuki Liao (Barry).

Unfortunately, we didn’t get any character descriptions for this new cast, so whether some of them are Star Trek: Section 31 officers or members of Starfleet we don’t know. This may have given away some plot details, especially when even the time this film is set is not known.

L to R: Omari Hardwick (credit: Warwick Saint), Kacey Rohl (credit: Kristine Cofsky), Sam Richardson
(credit: Abita Jefferson), Sven Ruygrok (credit: Justin Munitz), Robert Kazinsky (credit: Eric Blackmon),
Humberly Gonzalez (credit: Kristina Ruddick), James Hiroyuki Liao (credit: Joshua Monesson)

Comments

Alex Kurtzman, current head of the Star Trek Universe had this to say on the filming:

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.

Alex Kurtzman

Again there is not much to be gleaned from this comment, though I am sure it is a relief to see this project finally starting filming after so long. It takes a while to get some projects off the ground. Could we see more Original Movie event projects after Section 31? Could Legacy start as a direct-to-streaming movie? Or will our next movie finally be Star Trek 4 or the Star Trek (2009) prequel? We’ll have to keep watching to find out!

Image Credit: Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou of the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Photo Cr: James Dimmock/Paramount.

Conclusion

It has been a long time since the Section 31 project was first announced nearly 5 years ago.

Though the project is now starting filming, we don’t have an idea when Star Trek: Section 31 might be released. As an original movie event, it will be a direct-to-streaming movie, coming to Paramount+ in the US and in all international markets where the service is available. The movie is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.


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