Out actor George Takei says that he's delighted that the Star Trek universe has a gay character, but disagrees with the decision to make Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, gay in Star Trek Beyond.

In promoting the upcoming film while in Australia, John Cho, who plays Sulu in the movie franchise rebooted by JJ Abrams in 2009, told the Herald Sun that Sulu is seen in the film raising a daughter with his same-sex partner and that the decision to make the character gay was a nod to Takei, who played the character in the original NBC series and came out gay in 2005.

“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 orientations.”

Takei, however, told The Hollywood Reporter that he had discouraged screenwriter Simon Pegg, who also plays Scotty in the new films, and director Justin Lin from the idea.

“I'm delighted that there's a gay character,” Takei said. “Unfortunately, it's a twisting of [Gene Roddenberry's] creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it's very unfortunate.”

He said that Roddenberry had always envisioned Sulu as straight.

“I told [Cho], 'Be imaginative and create a character who has a history of being gay, rather than Sulu, who had been straight all this time, suddenly being revealed as being closeted,'” Takei said.

Takei said that he also “urged” Lin to create a new character.

“I really tried to work with these people when at long last the issue of gay equality was going to be addressed,” he said. “I thought after that conversation with Justin that was going to happen.”

Star Trek Beyond premieres July 22 in the United States.