In an exclusive by Entertainment Weekly, it was revealed that the search was over in finding the lead actress to play a Lieutenant Commander in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery. AMC’s The Walking Dead star Sonequa Martin-Green has been cast in the leading role in the series, serving as the anchor to guide the crew on the Discovery.
We’ve known since August that the lead of the series was going to be female whose role will help serve as an anchoring force for the diverse crew of the Discovery. Bryan Fuller originally sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and gave us all some much needed insight into what we should be expecting for the character and for the casting overall:
We’re going deep into something that was for me always very tantalizing, and [we’re telling] that story through a character who is on a journey that is going to teach her how to get along with others in the galaxy. For her to truly understand something that is alien, she has to first understand herself[…]
Star Trek started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast: a Russian, a black woman, an Asian, a Vulcan … we’re continuing that tradition and our lead of the show is going to be subject of that same level of who is the best actor and what can we say about diversity in every role we’ll have on the show. We wanted to paint a picture of Star Fleet that’s indicative of encountering people who are much more different than we are.
The casting of Sonequa Martin-Green rounds out what has already turned into an incredibly diverse cast of characters. Although Bryan Fuller has stepped down as a showrunner, his presence and words live on. As was mentioned in a previous article, he gave further insight into how the lead character was going to deviate from what we’ve come to expect from Star Trek leading characters:
Unlike the previous series in the franchise, the main protagonist of Discovery won’t be a captain (at least, not initially). Fuller described Martin-Green’s character as a “lieutenant commander with caveats.”
“We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view,” he explained. “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.”
All of this information makes me really look forward to seeing the end product of Star Trek: Discovery. Are you just as excited as I am? I hope so!
CBS is set to debut Star Trek: Discovery in May 2017. This will be the first show on the network and then on their exclusive streaming platform, CBS All Access.