Fuller Implies New 'Star Trek' Series Will Have LGBT Crew Members

During an interview with Collider, new "Star Trek" producer Bryan Fuller gave an update on where the new CBS All Access series is in terms of production, and teased what they're looking for while casting the show's crew.

"We’ve got the arc of the first season entirely written, or arced out, and we’ve got the first six episodes entirely broken," said Fuller. He added that the first season will consist of 13 episodes and production will last from September until March. Each episode's runtime will be more flexible due to the show being streamed on CBS All Access. "[T]hey gave us parameters, and I can’t remember exactly where it was," said Fuller of the runtimes. "It was sort of, 'No more than this, no less than that.'"

They're also booking directors, preparing to build sets in a few weeks and have been meeting with actors. "I’ve met with a few actors, and it’s an interesting process," said Fuller. "There’s a few people that we like and we want to carry on what Star Trek does best, which is being progressive. So it’s fascinating to look at all of these roles through a colorblind prism and a gender-blind prism, so that’s exciting."

On that note, Fuller was asked about the show's lack of LGBT representation across its 50 years. While he didn't yet confirm that there will be LGBT characters in the series, he heavily implied it. "Absolutely," said Fuller. "I think the progressive audience that loves Star Trek will be happy that we’re continuing that tradition."

Announced in November, the CBS revival is set to premiere early next year on the network’s digital platform CBS All Access. Although few details have been revealed, the series is rumored to be set sometime following the events of 1991’s “Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country.” A teaser released last month promises “New Crews. New Villains. New Heroes. New Worlds.”

The new “Star Trek” will be overseen by Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller, with a writing staff that also includes veteran franchise writer Joe Menosky, “Wrath of Khan” director Nicholas Meyer and longtime “Star Trek: Voyager” novelist Kirsten Beyer.

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