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New Star Trek movie starts filming as Ted Lasso and Power stars join cast

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New Star Trek movie adds Ted Lasso and Power starsMichael Gibson - CBS

Michelle Yeoh's new Star Trek movie has started filming and there's been some major additions to the cast.

Variety reports that Omari Hardwick, Power's James "Ghost" St. Patrick and Ted Lasso's Sam Richardson have all joined the cast in undisclosed roles.

Announcing the beginning of production, the film's executive producer Alex Kurtzman said: "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."

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Alongside Hardwick and Richardson, the cast has also added ex-Eastenders actor Robert Kazinsky, Hannibal's Kacey Rohl, Barry's James Hiroyuki Liao as well as Sven Ruygrok, and Humberly Gonzalez.

The casting news was further confirmed in an official Star Trek Instagram post, in which Yeoh can be seen holding a clapper board for use during filming of the show.

Yeoh is reprising her role as Emperor Philippa Georgiou for Star Trek: Section 31, which was greenlit by Paramount+ last April. Yeoh first played Georgiou in the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. The character has now crossed over from the Mirror Universe and works as an agent for a mysterious Federation spy group known as Section 31.

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The film's official description states that: "Tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets, [Georgiou] also must face the sins of her past."

The film is being directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi from a script by Craig Sweeny who worked on Discovery.

Yeoh previously said of the project: "I'm beyond thrilled to return to my Star Trek family and to the role I've loved for so long. Section 31 has been near and dear to my heart since I began the journey of playing Philippa all the way back when this new golden age of Star Trek launched.

"To see her finally get her moment is a dream come true in a year that's shown me the incredible power of never giving up on your dreams. We can't wait to share what's in store for you, and until then: live long and prosper (unless Emperor Georgiou decrees otherwise)."

Star Trek: Section 31 has no official release date yet. Star Trek: Discovery seasons 1-4 are streaming on Paramount+. A fifth and final season has been confirmed, and is expected to premiere in early 2024.

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