Star Trek: Section 31 is apparently ready to go but one name isn’t set to return.
Everything we write in this article needs to be met with one massive caveat; the writer’s strike currently going on may make Star Trek: Section 31 and other properties suffer massively, if studios get petty. We’ve already seen HBO end ties David Simon, who was famous for creating The Wire for the channel, and it’s very possible that Paramount/Viacom/CBS, whatever you want to call them these days, won’t do the very same thing.
So Section 31 may get delayed, or outright canceled due to the strike. We have already seen the production of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ third season gets delayed due to the strike. So things are happening, and we have to acknowledge that.
However, if Section 31 does actually make it into development, it may do so without one of the more important characters from Star Trek: Discovery; Ash Tyler.
Star Trek: Section 31 may not include Discovery’s Ash Tyler
Section 31 is, or specifically was, developing all the primary details for the upcoming movie. Yet, of all the characters and items linked to the show, Ash Tyler, first seen in Star Trek: Discovery, may not be among the returning characters.
Ash Tyler is played by Shazad Latif, and Latif recently spoke to the Nerds of Color podcast about returning to his role for the Section 31 film. He responded that he hasn’t been asked to join, at least not yet, saying (via TrekMovie.com)
"I haven’t heard anything yet. It’s down to timelines and all that kind of stuff. But yeah, I mean, I’d love to work with Michelle again. She’s a legend in the game. So I love her. I’ll always love her. Yeah, we used to go out for lots of great dinners. So hopefully I’ll go out to dinner with her again."
His return to the franchise is in doubt, and the writer’s strike is not helping any clarity develop about the film. The franchise has had a hard time making Star Trek films without a writer’s strike recently. This will clearly not help things.