He’s boldly going where many men have gone before — just never before on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.
In the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, Hikaru Sulu will become the first openly gay character in the fifty year franchise!
While doing press for the threequel in Australia, actor John Cho revealed the exciting news to reporters.
He didn’t say how Sulu would come out, but did imply it would be very casual, saying:
“I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations.”
Yass! Though it may be a big deal in the here-and-now, it’s important to remember Star Trek is meant to be 250 years in our future — and people should DEFINITELY be accepting by then!
As the late Leonard Nimoy once put it in a letter to the Los Angeles Times:
“It is entirely fitting that gays and lesbians will appear unobtrusively aboard the Enterprise├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥neither objects of pity nor melodramatic attention.”
Of course — because they’re PEOPLE!
We’re happy, but we’re also shocked it took so long, especially for a franchise that was tackling civil rights issues in the ’60s both in allegory and in practice — featuring the first interracial kiss on TV.
Though creator Gene Roddenberry said as far back as 1987 that he planned to add LGBT characters to Star Trek: The Next Generation, he unfortunately died before that ever happened.
Director Justin Lin and Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty and also wrote the screenplay for Beyond, decided to let the character come out as an homage to George Takei.
The original Sulu — who had to hide his sexual identity from the public back when the show debuted in 1966 — has in recent years become one of the most vocal LGBT advocates in the world.
We just love this turn for the character AND for the franchise.
What do YOU think??