Star Trek Discovery Casts its Leading Role

It’s taken ages but Star Trek: Discovery has finally found its leading role, and the producers of the upcoming newest series in CBS’s Star Trek franchise only had to look at rival television production company, AMC’s series The Walking Dead.

Sonequa Martin-Green has been cast in the role of Lieutenant-Commander Rainsford, who former showrunner, Bryan Fuller has described as a “sensitive her.” The decision to cast a non-white actress as the lead character was a must for CBS producers in order to fully demonstrate one of the traits Star Trek is renowned for – namely, its diversity.

After what has been described as a “lengthy process,” that search resulted in the decision to cast Martin-Green in the role. This lends a degree of speculation to the fate of Martin-Green’s character on The Walking Dead. As a show known for the limited life-span of its characters, this announcement has caused fans to wonder if this means the end for her work on that show. However, as of this time, neither CBS or AMC have offered comment on the fate of Sasha Williams on The Walking Dead and apparently, Martin-Green will still presumably continue as that character.

Sonequa Martin-Green joins Doug Jones (Lieutenant Saru), Anthony Rapp (Lieutenant Stamets), Michelle Yeoh (Captain Han Bo) and Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo as Klingon officers. With so many announcements made in such a short period of time, clearly there will be more casting news to come in the near future.

Star trek: Discovery is a production of CBS Television Studios with partnerships with Alex Kurtzman’s Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Bryan Fuller, who was the creative source for the show’s inception with Kurtzman was originally slated as showrunner before he exited the series in October. He still retains an Executive Producer credit alongside Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg, Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman and Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry and Trevor Roth.

Image: AMC

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