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'Star Trek: Discovery' to Feature Female Lead, Openly Gay Character

"Star Trek: Discovery" will reportedly feature a human, female lead -- who will potentially be diverse -- as its lead character, in addition to an openly gay actor as one of the male leads, a female admiral, a male Klingon captain, a male admiral, a male adviser and a British male doctor.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the news comes after CBS has faced criticism for dominating its fall lineup with white male stars.

On the series' push for diversity and its relevance in the current political climate, showrunner Bryan Fuller said at a panel for "Star Trek" at Comic-Con International, "Think about what’s happening in America, and think about the promise of Star Trek, and what we can all do to get there," adding, "make a promise to leave this room with love, to leave this room with hope, to leave this room and take responsibility to craft a path to Gene Roddenberry’s vision."

The series is set to premiere in January 2017 on CBS, and continue to be distributed the network's online streaming platform, CBS All-Access.

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