Star Trek: Discovery reveals new captain and first officer in action

Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green are pictured on an unknown planet

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Whisper it, but there’s something more than a little Star Wars about this first production image from the new Star Trek TV series Discovery – Michelle Yeoh’s Captain Philippa Georgiou and Sonequa Martin-Green’s First Officer Michael Burnham find themselves on a desert planet not unlike Tatooine or Jedha and are swaddled accordingly in sand-resistance gear and goggles.

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But there are a couple of little things that immediately say Star Trek – that retro communicator hanging on Burnham’s belt, along with what looks suspiciously like a tricorder (which would make a lot of sense as Discovery is a prequel to the original Star Trek TV series).

Star Trek: Discovery will focus on the starship’s “Number One”, Burnham (who, just to confirm, is indeed a woman called Michael), rather than Yeoh’s Captain Georgiou.

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The series will air on CBS All Access in the US and is expected on Netflix in the UK and globally later this year.