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John Cho Shares Some Star Trek Beyond Details About Sulu’s Daughter

Did you know that Commander Sulu has a daughter? We might learn a little bit more about her in Star Trek Beyond, according to this ET interview with John Cho and his cast-mates. While operating his command station, Sulu keeps a small picture of his daughter close at hand. Cho admits that it’s “unprofessional,” since the small picture gets in the way of the buttons on his console, but the picture provides him some comfort in his “heartache” of being away from home.

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Some may be surprised to learn that Sulu has a daughter at all, but longtime Star Trek fans will remember Ensign Demora Sulu. Even when Jacqueline Kim played her on Star Trek: Generations, her appearance had not been foreshadowed, really, since her character got created after George Takei turned down the movie. Takei later admitted that her inclusion was a surprise to him as well: “It’s intriguing. I’d like to know how I had her. Who her mother is. That’s the thing about doing a long-lasting serialized film or TV series. You really are in the hands of the writers …”

Some of Demora’s story has been filled out in the extended universe, but she definitely hasn’t appeared in the latter-day Star Trek movies as yet. Indeed, we don’t know whether Sulu’s daughter in this timeline is named Demora — nor has she even been cast! Who’s the girl in the picture that John Cho has? Apparently, they “got it out of a picture frame at Walgreen’s.” Heh.

Still, this doesn’t sound like it’s going to just be a throwaway character moment for Sulu. John Cho promises, “there is another revelation that you’ll find out in regards to this baby, but you’ll have to wait to see the movie.” Perhaps we’ll meet Demora’s mother, then? Innnnteresting.

(via The Daily Dot)

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