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Diverse Cast of Star Trek: Discovery Should Be a Wake-up Call for Hollywood

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As casting rumors are confirmed, Star Trek: Discovery is boasting one of the most diverse casts in the franchise’s history—and we’re not just talking about the aliens.

The latest news is that out actor Maulik Pancholy will play Dr. Nambue, the chief medical officer. There’s no news whether the character will be gay, but no worries: Discovery will feature an original gay character for the series, Lt. Stamets, who will be played by Anthony Rapp.

That’s just the beginning for Discovery’s crew. We already know that the lead character will be played by The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green, who is only the second woman to lead a Star Trek series (after Voyager) and the first woman of color. Another ship in the series will be captained by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Michelle Yeoh.

So not only has this series lived up to its promise of a highly diverse cast, but it’s also delivered on some amazing talent in high-ranking or lead roles.

Rumors are still circling about a premiere date for Discovery, but CBS speculates sometime this year—possibly the summer. 

Watch the latest production trailer below.

Tags: Television, lgbt

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