franchise is proving to be a melting pot of diversity.
On Wednesday, Bryan Fuller, the executive producer of the upcoming CBS series
Star Trek: Discovery
told reporters at the 2016 TCA summer press tour that the new show will include a female lead and the character will be a lieutenant commander on the starship,
started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast,” he said. “You had a Russian with a black woman and an Asian man amongst a Vulcan, which is a different kind of diversity. We’re absolutely continuing that tradition.”
Fuller added that no one has been cast in the role just yet. This isn’t the first time a female took the lead.
, 61, played Capt. Kathryn Janeway on
Star Trek: Voyager
which was the franchise’s first female lead.
The new show, presented as a 13-episode story, will take place in the “prime” universe – not in the universe portrayed in the
movie – and will take place 10 years before Captain Kirk’s mission,
This isn’t the first time a woman has been cast as the lead in a
series, though. In the 1995
Orange is the New Black
played the captain of the starship.
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The show’s diversity won’t end with the female lead, Fuller said, according to
“We’re having a gay character,” he revealed at the event. “I feel like actually gay rights have come a lot further in [past years] than race issues and women’s issues.”
The upcoming series isn’t the only installment of the franchise to feature a gay man. Hikaru Sulu was recently
revealed to be gay
Star Trek Beyond
In a one-minute-16-second
released last month, a starship is seen pulling out of a dock from inside an asteroid.
The series will premiere in January on CBS. The following episodes will be available on the network’s streaming service CBS All Access.