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After 50 years, Star Trek gets a gay character

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Peter Merchant
Jul 07, 2016 20:19
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After five decades, Star Trek is finally introducing a canonical LGBT character - and it's a familiar one to fans of the sci-fi series.

In the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the rebooted timeline established by director JJ Abrams in 2009, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu will be revealed as gay - and actor John Cho says it's not a big deal.

"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," Cho told Australian outlet Herald Sun

The character will be seen in Star Trek Beyond, directed by Fast and Furious' Justin Lin, as being in a same-sex relationship.

Sulu and his partner will reportedly have a daughter together too, a possible reference to Demora Sulu, Hikaru's adult daughter in the previous continuity, who appeared in 1994's Star Trek Generations.

Having the modern Sulu as an out gay man is a nice nod to actor George Takei, who played the original version of the character in the television series and several movies.

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