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Sonequa Martin-Green Is ‘Star Trek’s Leading Lady

Star Trek is headed back to our television screens fifty years after its original debut with Star Trek: Discovery. This time around, Sonequa Martin-Green will lead as a member of a new ship with new missions and the same beloved ideology. Last summer when Star Trek: Discovery was announced, executive producer Bryan Fuller promised that the lead character would be a woman and that she very likely will be non-white. It looks like Mr. Fuller has lived up to his promise by casting 32-year old Martin-Green.

Though she is starring in the lead role as First Officer Michael Burnham (yes, ladies can be named Michael too), The Walking Dead alum will not be the Captain of the ship. Fuller stated that he wanted to tell diverse stories that weren’t necessarily through the eyes of the Captain. Martin-Green recently chatted with Vulture about being a Trekkie. She said, “I love the original series. It’s my favorite out of all of them, and I just love the dynamic between Kirk and Spock. All the characters on the show had rich relationships. I found myself just keeping it on in the background when I was doing a lot of my work when I first started.”

Little is known about the narrative of Star Trek: Discovery, but we do know that the first season, which is set to air on CBS, will have 13-episodes. We also know that the series will be set in the Prime Universe as opposed to the Kelvin Timeline used in the J.J. Abrams-produced films. This new series will take place ten years before Captain Kirk’s five-year mission so that it will exist in the middle of the first two series, about a century after Star Trek: Enterprise.

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Before being cast on Star Trek: Discovery, Marin-Green played Sasha Williams on The Walking Dead. This is perfect timing because Sasha was killed off the series last Sunday during the season seven finale. Prior to her stint on TWD, the Alabama native had recurring roles on Once Upon A Time and The Good Wife.

There is no premiere date just yet for Star Trek: Discovery, but you can check out the production announcement video below.