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Behind the scenes with `Star Trek: Section 31` star Michelle Yeoh. (Photo credit: Jan Thijs // courtesy of Paramount+)
Behind the scenes with "Star Trek: Section 31" star Michelle Yeoh. (Photo credit: Jan Thijs // courtesy of Paramount+)

Production officially underway on 'Star Trek: Section 31'

Tue, Jan 30th 2024 12:30 pm

A Paramount+ original movie event starring Oscar-winner Michelle Yeoh

√ Additional cast announced, including Omari Hardwick, Kacey Rohl, Sam Richardson and Robert Kazinsky; Yeoh to reprise her fan-favorite role as Emperor Philippa Georgiou, first introduced in ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

√ ‘Star Trek: Section 31’ is produced by CBS Studios

Paramount+ Press Release

Paramount+ today announced that production has begun in Toronto on “Star Trek: Section 31,” an original movie event starring Academy Award-winner Michelle Yeoh.

In “Star Trek: Section 31,” Yeoh will reprise her fan-favorite 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.

In addition, it was announced that Omari Hardwick (“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”) have joined the cast of the original movie event.

“And we’re off to the races! Thrilled to report principal photography has started on ‘Star Trek: Section 31,’ ” executive producer Alex Kurtzman said. “We welcome our incredible cast of new characters as they join our beloved Michelle Yeoh on her next wild adventure across the ‘Trek’ universe.”

Hardwick is best known for his lead role of 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. A talented actor, Hardwick also is 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 of 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 notable 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.” Richardson is an alumnus of Second City Chicago MainStage.

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,” starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas; 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”, directed by Anne Fletcher; and opposite Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd in “Mute,” for director Duncan Jones and Liberty Films. Kazinsky also appeared in the feature “Warcraft” for Jones. Previously, Kazinsky starred in Guillermo del Toro's film “Pacific Rim,” opposite Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba; and was the mysterious love interest to Anna Paquin in “True Blood.”

Gonzalez next will play a lead in the feature “Horrorscope.” 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 miniseries “Utopia Falls” and recurred on the series “Nurses.” Last year, Humberly played the fan-favorite role of Vanessa on the series “In the Dark.” Her previous credits include “Orphan Black,” “Saving Hope,” “Workin’ Moms” and “The Detail.” Humberly is a graduate of the prestigious CFC Conservatory program in Toronto and the National Theatre School in Montreal.

Liao, a Juilliard-trained character actor, is known for his roles as Edmond Ku in the award-winning series “The Dropout”; and as Albert Nguyen in the Emmy-winning series “Barry.” He is set to appear in the upcoming limited series “Presumed Innocent”; in 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,” plus “Prison Break,” “CSI” and “24,” along with guest appearances on “Manifest,” “Iron Fist” and “Law & Order.”

Written by Craig Sweeny and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, “Star Trek: Section 31” is executive produced by Kurtzman, Sweeny, Aaron Baiers, Osunsanmi, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth and 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.

For more information about Paramount+ and “Star Trek: Section 31,” visit www.paramountplus.com or follow @ParamountPlus on Facebook, Instagram, Threads, TikTok and X.

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