The beloved ‘Star Trek’ character Sulu will be revealed as gay in the upcoming ‘Star Trek Beyond,’ star John Cho confirms. The decision is a nod to the original Sulu, played by George Takei.
Hikaru Sulu will be the first openly gay character in the Star Trek film franchise. John Cho, 44, revealed the exciting news in a recent interview while promoting Star Trek Beyond. The announcement is a tribute to George Takei, 79, the original Sulu, who publicly came out in 2005.
“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 politicize one’s personal orientations,” John told Australia’s Herald Sun. The paper notes that the decision by writer Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin to make Sulu gay was a tribute to George.
George played the original Sulu in the hit 1960s series. At the time, Sulu’s sexual orientation and George’s weren’t out in the open.
“If I wanted to work as an actor I had to keep it a secret,” George told News Corp in 2015. “Back then I couldn’t marry a white person — that was against the law here, miscegenation. But now I am married to a white dude so we have changed.”
George publicly came out in 2005. In 2008, he and partner Brad Altman became the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in California. They’ve been together for nearly 30 years.
The Star Trek franchise is no stranger to breaking boundaries. The original show featured the first interracial kiss on American network television in 1968 between Capt. Kirk and Lt. Uhura. Keep doing good, Star Trek.
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