In a nod to series veteran George Takei, John Cho’s Sulu will be revealed as gay in the upcoming “Star Trek Beyond.” He will be the first openly gay character in the franchise’s 50-year history.
“I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations,” Cho told Australia’s Herald Sun.
Although fans have known since January that the Sulu in this timeline has a young daughter, the Paramount Pictures sequel will also depict the Enterprise helmsman in a relationship with another man.
Takei, who originated the role of Sulu on the classic television series, came out publicly in 2005 after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation that would’ve made same-sex marriage legal in California. Since then Takei has been an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights.
Bryan Fuller, who’s producing the upcoming “Star Trek” television revival, hinted just last month that the series could feature LGBT characters.
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