Paramount+ today announced that production has begun in Toronto on Star Trek: Section 31, an original movie event starring Academy Award winner Michelle Yeoh.
Yeoh will reprise her role as Emperor Philippa Georgiou, a character she played in Star Trek: Discovery‘s first season who joins a secret division of Starfleet. Tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets, she also must face the sins of her past.
“And we’re off to the races! Thrilled to report principal photography has started on Star Trek: Section 31,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “We welcome our incredible cast of new characters as they join our beloved Michelle Yeoh on her next wild adventure across the ‘Trek’ universe.”
Joining Michelle Yeoh in the cast are Omari Harwick (Power), Kacey Rohl (Hannibal), Emmy winner Sam Richardson (Ted Lasso), Sven Ruygrok (One Piece), Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim), Humberly Gonzalez (Ginny & Georgia), and James Hiroyuki Liao (Barry).
Written by Craig Sweeny and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, Star Trek: Section 31 is executive produced by Alex Kurtzman, Craig Sweeny, Aaron Baiers, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, and Michelle Yeoh and is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.
Star Trek: Section 31 will be available to stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and in all international markets where the service is available. The movie is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.
Hardwick is best known for his lead role as James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick in the hit series Power, which earned him critical acclaim and back-to-back Image Awards (NAACP) for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. Following his success in Power, Hardwick starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in the thriller The Mother.
Hardwick also starred in the limited series Pieces of Her and Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. Next, Hardwick will star in Xeno, from Kevin Hart’s Heartbeat production company. In addition to acting, Hardwick founded the film and production company Bravelife in 2010. Hardwick is also a poet and musical artist; his debut album “Concrete & Whiskey” is on the horizon.
Rohl’s first on-screen appearance was in 2010 in the reboot of the series V. She’s best known for her role as Abigail Hobbs in Hannibal and as Sterling Fitch in The Killing. She played Prudence in the 2011 Warner Bros. feature Red Riding Hood opposite Amanda Seyfried and portrayed Kerry Campbell in Wayward Pines, Alena in Arrow, and Marina in The Magicians.
After starring in the series Fortunate Son, she led the cast of the Toronto Film Festival’s buzzy White Lie, which garnered her a spot among TIFF’s Rising Stars platform in 2019.
Richardson is best known for his standout role as Richard Splett on Veep. He most recently earned two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, winning his first Emmy for his role in Ted Lasso. His diverse career includes starring in The Afterparty, Hocus Pocus 2, and Velma and voicing Uncle Brill in DreamWorks’ Ruby Gillman: Teenage Kraken.
His filmography includes Good Boys, Game Over Man, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Neighbors 2, Senior Year, The Tomorrow War, Werewolves Within, Superintelligence, Detroiters, and Office Christmas Party. On television, he’s been seen in The Office, New Girl, Arrested Development, and I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson.
Ruygrok is a dynamic South African actor who is well-known for his role as Rambo in the Spud film franchise alongside John Cleese, Troye Sivan, and Caspar Lee. His other films include City of Violence, The Empty Man, Bring It On, and Inside Man: Most Wanted. His most recent works include lead roles in The Good Life and Breathing In (in post-production), and he can be seen as Cabaji in the hit TV series One Piece.
Kazinsky can be seen in the Russo Brothers-directed film The Gray Man and in the drama Second Chance. He starred opposite Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson in Captain Marvel, opposite Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara in Hot Pursuit, and opposite Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd in Mute. Kazinsky also appeared in Warcraft. Previously, Kazinsky starred in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and was the mysterious love interest to Anna Paquin in True Blood.
Gonzalez will next play a lead in the feature Tarot. She stars in the new Star Wars video game Star Wars: Outlaws, stars in the hit series Ginny & Georgia, and was recently seen in Jupiter’s Legacy. She starred in Nobody, opposite Bob Odenkirk and Connie Nielson; Slumberland, opposite Jason Momoa; and the indie A Hundred Lies. She played the lead role in the mini-series Utopia Falls and recurred in the series Nurses. Last year, Humberly played the fan-favorite role of Vanessa in the series In the Dark. Her previous credits include Orphan Black, Saving Hope, Workin’ Moms, and The Detail.
Liao, a Juilliard-trained character actor, is known for his roles as Edmond Ku in the award-winning series The Dropout and Albert Nguyen in the Emmy-winning series Barry. He is set to appear in the upcoming limited series Presumed Innocent and the first season of Orphan Black: Echoes and continues his recurring role of Lt. Fleming in the new season of Blue Bloods. Liao’s recent credits include Cowboy Bebop, opposite John Cho, and Paramount Pictures’ Snake Eyes with Henry Golding.
Other notable roles include Michael Pak in the film Lost Girls and voicing Toshiaki in Tim Burton’s animated film Frankenweenie. Liao has a diverse range; he’s tackled everything from battling aliens in Battle Los Angeles to displaying his comedic skills in Management with Jennifer Aniston, Woody Harrelson, and Steve Zahn. His television presence includes recurring roles in Paramount+’s SEAL TEAM, Prison Break, CSI, and 24, along with guest appearances on shows like Manifest, Iron Fist, and Law & Order.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.