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We all have our favorites: Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, and Archer. And now there may well be an addition with Michelle Yeoh cast as captain in the forthcoming Star Trek TV series at CBS.

Deadline reports that the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star will play Starfleet Captain Han Bo in Star Trek: Discovery, which is due on our screens in May.

Fans welcomed the news, including the USS Enterprise‘s helmsman Sulu (a.k.a actor George Takei), who took to Twitter to express his excitement:

So what do we know about her character? Well, apart from her name and rank, not very much. Details about the new series are being kept under wraps, though we do know it’s set ten years before the original one featuring Captain Kirk, and will bridge the gap between 2005 series Enterprise and the Kirk years by following the crew of the USS Discovery as they discover new worlds and civilizations.

We also know it’s canon, thanks to recent comments made by showrunner Bryan Fuller. He confirmed the show will revolve around an incident in Star Trek history that’s been talked about before but never fully explored.

Hmm. Intriguing. Michelle’s character isn’t the captain of the eponymous ship, however, but another ship called the Shenzou, which is “set to play a big role in Discovery‘s first season,” according to Deadline.

She also isn’t the series’ main character, or not the only one, anyway. Unlike all of Star Trek‘s earlier incarnations, the star of the new series won’t be the captain, but rather a lieutenant commander “with caveats,” according to Fuller.

He explained: “We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view; to see a character from a different perspective on the starship — one who has a different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context.”

The Hollywood Reporter goes even further than that, by claiming there will be no fewer than seven lead roles, including one played by “an openly gay actor,” as well as “a female admiral, a male Klingon captain, a male admiral, a male advisor and a British male doctor.”

Whether this turns out to be the case or not, it’s safe to say Michelle’s is the first of what’s bound to be a series of exciting casting announcements.

Who’ll be announced next? Start placing your bets, please.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.