TWD’s Sonequa Martin-Green to Lead ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ in Historic Role
Beam Sonequa Martin-Green up, Scotty.
The beautiful Walking Dead star has been tapped to lead Star Trek: Discovery, a CBS All Access sci-fi drama set to premiere May 2017.
Does that mean Sasha Williams will be the next TWD survivor to die?
It seems we can expect Sasha to not end up at the end of Negan’s bat or in a hungry walker’s stomach.
Sonequa will continue to act as a series regular on her AMC zombie drama despite her huge commitment to Discovery’s 13-episode premiere season, Entertainment Weekly reports.
This is great news, since the 31-year-old’s newest role is a historic achievement.
The Once Upon a Time alum is the first African-American woman to ever lead a project in the iconic franchise, which began a whopping 50 years ago.
Not only has the actress totally changed the Star Trek game, but so has her character on Discovery.
The Alabama native will play an unnamed lieutenant commander on her streamable series, which will debut on CBS and then move to CBS All Access.
Every single other Trek series has focused on a captain, like William Shatner’s James T. Kirk or Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard.
Discovery's producers had a huge reason for deciding to go a different way with the new show.
“To see a character from a [new] perspective on the starship — one who has different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context.”
Sonequa’s character won’t be the only game-changer you see on Discovery.
Rent star Anthony Rapp will play Lieutenant Stamets, the first openly gay character on a Star Trek TV show.
Stamets is a Starfleet science officer, astromycologist — whatever that is — and fungus expert.
The show’s team had an inspiring reason for ensuring Discovery would be LGBT friendly.
“Star Trek started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast,” Bryan said over the summer. “We’re continuing that tradition.”
“We wanted to paint a picture of Starfleet that’s indicative of encountering people who are much more different than we are.”
We’re 100 percent behind this plan — now if only Discovery’s initials weren’t STD.
Star Trek Discovery premieres May 2017 on CBS, before moving to CBS All Access.
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