STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Will Feature a Female Lead and an Openly Gay Character

Some new details have come to light for the Star Trek: Discovery series being developed by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman for CBS. According to Deadline, the series will feature a female lead character, who will mostly likely be non-white. The report says that they have yet to cast an actress in the role, but the majority of the women who have auditioned for the role has been African-American or Hispanic.

There's no solid information on who this lead character is but there's been a good amount of speculation that she will be the Captain. However, the report says that's "likely not the case." It will be interesting to see who this character turns out to be if it's not a Captain. The last Star Trek series to feature a female in the lead role was Star Trek: Voyager with Kate Mulgrew, as Commanding Officer Kathryn Janeway.

There is also speculation that new series will also introduce an openly gay character, which would continue the tradition of diversity and inclusiveness. I'm pretty confident that that's going to happen. In a separate report, THR says that there will also be a female admiral, a male Klingon captain, a male admiral, a male adviser and a British male doctor.

There's no other information on this stuff at the moment, but during the Star Trek 50th anniversary panel at Comic-Con, Fuller said:

“Star Trek celebrates diversity. It seems like a great statement from [Star Trek creator] Gene Roddenberry, who felt the human race just has to get along.”

More information on the series is expected to come shortly, so stay tuned for any confirmation and other details on Star Trek: Discovery. As a Star Trek fan, I'm excited to see how this series comes together. 

CBS has one episode to lock me in or I'm not paying for the All-Access ridiculousness.