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Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green Cast as Lead in New Star Trek: Discovery TV Series!

To boldly go.


We finally have a lead actor for the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery TV series, and she’s everything we could’ve hoped for. Welcome The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green as your next lead Star Trek actor!

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We’d previously heard that the lead of the series would be a woman—though not a captain this time around—and that the production was looking specifically for a woman of color, and we’re happy to see that they followed through with Martin-Green in the role of Lt. Cmdr. Rainsford. Don’t worry, Walking Dead/Sasha fans; Deadline reports that her new place in the Star Trek universe won’t keep Martin-Green from maintaining series regular status on TWD.

If anything could help smooth over our sadness at Bryan Fuller’s departure from the new series, this casting news would be it. The first Star Trek series in just over ten years, Discovery is set to premiere on CBS in May, 2017, before moving to CBS All Access, the broadcaster’s streaming TV platform. Martin-Green will join previously announced cast members Michelle Yeoh (USS Shenzhou captain), Doug Jones (Lt. Saru), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Stamets), Shazad Latif (Klingon Commanding Officer Kol), Chris Obi (Klingon leader T’Kuvma), and Mary Chieffo (Klingon Battle Deck Commander).

(via Deadline, image via DFree/Shutterstock)

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