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Beam me up, Sonequa! Black actress to star in new Star Trek

FIRST: Sonequa Martin Green

THE WALKING Dead star Sonequa Martin-Green has landed the lead role in the new Star Trek TV series.

The 31-year-old actress, who currently plays Sasha on the AMC zombie-filled show, will star in Star Trek and will be the first African-American female to be the main character in the hit franchise.

According to US publication Entertainment Weekly, Martin is believed to be playing a lieutenant commander on the show, which will make this the first time a Star Trek show hasn’t focused on a starship captain.

Star Trek: Discovery will also introduce the series’ first openly gay character, Lt. Stamets—a science officer who specialises in something called “astromycology” and will be played by Anthony Rapp.

Former Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller – who has since left the project – told reporters in August that he had been trying for a while to make his cast diverse.

“Star Trek 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.”

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