With anticipation growing for Paramount Pictures‘ Star Trek Beyond, Sulu actor John Cho has revealed to the Herald Sun that the Enterprise helmsman will be revealed to be gay and the father of a daughter with a same sex partner in the new film.
The franchise has always carried a progressive viewpoint, whether it be to depict a Russian crew member (Pavel Chekov) during the height of the Cold War, or TV’s first interracial kiss between Kirk and Uhura as Civil Rights issues raged in the U.S. The revelation is also a tribute to original Sulu portrayer George Takei, who has become a vocal activist for LGBTQ rights in recent years.
“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 politicise one’s personal orientations,” said Cho.
A Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions film, Star Trek Beyond is set to feature the return of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho along with new roles for Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella and Joe Taslim. J.J. Abrams, who directed the last two films, is producing the third film in the rebooted franchise. Lin is directing from a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung.