New details about Sonequa Martin-Green's character in Star Trek: Discovery

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  • 20:07 on 4th Apr 2017
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With production now well underway on Star Trek Discovery and Jason Isaacs recently cast in the supporting role of Captain Lorca, fresh details have emerged about series lead Sonequa Martin-Green's character on the show.

Martin-Green will be playing First Officer Michael Burnham, a lieutenant commander on the USS Discovery. Talking to TV Line, she discussed the shift away from the captain as the lead character.

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Since Star Trek has always been through the eyes of the captain, to be coming from [this new] mindset is going to be refreshing and challenging in ways that are very thrilling."


And on taking the lead role on such a profile show as the new Star Trek...

“There’s definitely a lot of responsibility to being the lead of any show and obviously to be the lead of this, [an offshoot of] one of the most popular, if not the most popular, television series of all-time… you can certainly get lost in it if you allow yourself to, and just sort of be frozen.

“...But I hope that I can bear the weight, if you will, of this legacy and of this story, because I certainly want to do it justice.””


And discussing the theme of Star Trek: Discovery, don't expect it to be all bright and glossy like Star Trek: The Next Generation or Star Trek: Voyager.

“This iteration of Star Trek is going to have a different take than the others in the Star Trek canon. It’s going to be bigger, rawer and grittier… and the story’s going to build on itself. It’s going to be a tremendous journey.”


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Meanwhile, one classic character from the original Star Trek series will be making a return. Rain Wilson has been cast as Harry Mudd. Roger C. Carmel played the con man who appeared in a couple of episodes of the 1960's show. He's the second classic character to be recast for Star Trek: Discovery, with James Frain also playing Spock's father Sarek.

More news on Star Trek: Discovery and its UK air date on Netflix when we have it.

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