The casting we hadn’t heard about yet, however, is for who will be playing the latest Trek series main character. Now it’s being reported that the show has finally found its lead in The Walking Dead star Sonequa Martin-Green.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Martin-Green is set to take on the role of a lieutenant commander on the starship Discovery. This is the first time that the primary character of a Star Trek series is not a captain.
Producer Bryan Fuller, who was also once attached as showrunner but had to vacate that position (with Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts taking over the job), has described the main character as a “lieutenant commander with caveats,” and explained the decision to change things up for the new series:
“We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view. To see a character from a [new] perspective on the starship “” one who has different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context.”