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'Star Trek: Discovery' star Michelle Yeoh getting beamed aboard a spin-off series

Photo Cr: Jan Thijs/CBS © 2017 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- Michelle Yeoh's shadowy Star Trek: Discovery character is getting the spin-off treatment.

The Crazy Rich Asians star, who plays Captain Philippa Georgiou, a member of Starfleet's mysterious Section 31, on Discovery, will take center stage in the CBS All Access project.

"I’m so excited to continue telling these rich Star Trek stories," the actress and martial artist said in a statement. "Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play. I can’t wait to see where it all goes -- certainly I believe it will go 'where no WOMAN has ever gone before!'"

For his part, executive producer Robert Kurtzman said of Yeoh, "As a human, I adore her. As an actor, I revere her...and we’re all thrilled to explore the next wild chapter in the life of Captain Philippa Georgiou."

This project is just the latest in a series of Trek spin-offs announced by CBS All Access. Those include the short form series Star Trek: Short Treks, a comedy series called Star Trek: Lower Decks, and an as-yet untitled series featuring Star Trek: Next Generation star Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

The spin-offs' mother ship, Star Trek: Discovery, launches its second season January 17 on the streaming service.

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