Sonequa Martin-Green has been cast as the lead role in the new series Star Trek Discovery.
Martin-Green, who has plays Sasha Williams on The Walking Dea, joins Star Trek: Discovery as a commanding officer and the lead of the series, but nothing else is known about her character at this time. Even the name of Sonequa’s character remains unknown.
The actress will be playing a Leutentit commander 10 years before James T Kirk joins Star Fleet.
This will be the first time that a Stsr Trek series as featured an African-American female in a commanding role and the first time without a captain.
As reported by CNET, series creator Bryan Fuller has hinted at complexities for the character.
“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,” Fuller told reporters this summer during the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “For her to truly understand something that is alien, she has to first understand herself.”
The show also cast three actors as Klingons: Chris Obi (Roots) as T’Kuvma, a leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses; Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful), who will play Kol, a Klingon Commanding Officer, and protege of T’Kuvma; and the newcomer Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, the Battle Deck Commander of a Klingon ship.
Airing in may of 2017, Star Trek: Discovery will be available in the U.S. exclusively on CBS All Access.
Star Trek: Discovery is executive produced by Bryan Fuller with Gretchen Berg, Aaron Harberts and Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman manning the bridge