In the upcoming film Star Trek
Beyond, Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, is revealed
to be gay.
According to Australia's Herald
Sun, Sulu, who is played by John Cho, is seen in the film
raising a daughter with his same-sex partner.
Beyond is the third film in the
movie franchise rebooted by JJ Abrams in 2009.
Cho and cast mates Chris Pines, Zachary
Quinto and Karl Urban and director Justin Lin were in Sydney to
Cho said that the decision to make Sulu
gay was a nod to George Takei. Takei played the character in the
original NBC series. He came out gay in 2005 and three years later
married Brad Altman in California.
“I liked the approach,” Cho said,
“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
Star Trek Beyond premieres July
22 in the United States.