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Sulu Will Be Married and Gay in 'Star Trek Beyond': Report

by Stephany Bai /
Image: Australian premiere of Star Trek Beyond in Sydney
US actor/cast member John Cho of South Korean origin arrives for the Australian premiere of 'Star Trek Beyond' in Sydney, Australia, 07 July 2016. The film opens in cinemas nationally on 21 July.PAUL MILLER / EPA

“Star Trek Beyond,” the latest of the “Star Trek” movies, will show Hikaru Sulu with a husband and a daughter, according to a report by Australia-based Herald Sun newspaper.

John Cho, who plays Sulu in the rebooted “Star Trek” movies, told the newspaper that that the decision to reveal Sulu as gay was made by film writer Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin.

“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,” he told the newspaper.

He also told the Hearld Sun that the decision was a nod to George Takei, who played Sulu in the original 1966 “Star Trek” television series. Takei and his now-husband, Brad Altman, have been together for 29 years.

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Sulu will be the first LGBTQ main character in the franchise, which is known for breaking boundaries. The original TV series famously featured American television’s first interracial on-screen kiss in 1968, only a year after anti-miscegenation laws were ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

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