The new Star Trek TV show will have a female lead and an openly gay character.
Continuing the increased diversity as seen in the new films, gay showrunner Bryan Fuller has revealed the new crew of Star Trek: Discovery will be different from what has come before.
‘We have a character who’s on a journey, and in order to understand something that is alien, she first has to understand herself,’ Fuller said at the Television Critics Associations panel, describing the ship’s captain.
‘We haven’t cast her yet, so we don’t know what level of diversity she will be, but that’s forefront in our minds.
‘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 relationship with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context,’ he added.
On the introduction of a gay character, Fuller revealed he has already had a file full of hate mail just purely based on the rumors.
‘Absolutely we’re having a gay character, he said. ‘We’ve come a long way since [the last Star Trek series]. I feel like actually gay rights have come a lot further in that time than race issues and women’s issues.’
Star Trek: Discovery will be set 10 years before Captain Kirk and the USS Enterprise, and described it as a ‘novel over 13 episodes’. It will premiere on CBS in January 2017.