Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh
Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh poses during a photocall for her movie "The Lady," directed by French director Luc Besson, at the Rome Film Festival October 27, 2011. Reuters/Max Rossi

The first casting for “Star Trek: Discovery” has been revealed. Michelle Yeoh is apparently the first actor to join the cast of the much-anticipated sci-fi series for CBS All Access.

Speculations started doing the rounds after one of the producers, Nicholas Meyer, revealed the same while in conversation with Coming Soon. He remained short on details by only saying, “I know Michelle Yeoh is in it.” However, CBS Television Studios has not confirmed the casting yet.

Nicholas did not mention which character Michelle will play in “Star Trek: Discovery.” However, rumours suggests that she will take on the role of ship’s captain. It is said that her character will be called Han Bo, who will be the leader of ship Shenzhou. Michelle’s role will be prominent to the first season of the series.

As previously unveiled by Bryan Fuller, who last month stepped down as the showrunner, the lead character in the series will be of a female lieutenant commander. A young non-white woman is most likely to play the role.

“Star Trek started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast. Our lead of the show is going to be subject of that same level of who’s the best actor and also what can we say about diversity on the show,” Fuller stated previously, adding, “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.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” will be set ten years before the events of the original Star Trek series. Earlier scheduled to be launched in January 2017, "Star Trek: Discovery"’s launch date has been now pushed to May 2017.