The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green Cast as Lead Role in Star Trek: Discovery

Last time we checked in on Star Trek: Discovery, the planned television series that will come to CBS’ online streaming service, we got hit with delays and the announcement that the lead role would go to a woman. Since then, showrunner Bryan Fuller, who had worked on Deep Space Nine and Voyagerhas left the show to concentrate on other projects. But, his vision for the series has been passed on to new showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, and they’ve finally made the call on Discovery‘s lead role.

The as-yet unnamed character will be played by Sonequa Martin-Green, known for her work as Sasha on The Walking Dead. The exclusive report from Entertainment Weekly indicates that she’ll continue to work on The Walking Dead while taking on her new Star Trek role, although it’s doubtful anyone behind The Walking Dead would come out and say she’s leaving the show if that was the case.

As was announced before, the lead role on Discovery will not be the captain of the ship, but a lieutenant commander. Before leaving the show, Fuller described the character as a “lieutenant commander with caveats.” Who knows what that means, but we’ll find out (barring any more delays) in May of next year. Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on CBS before moving to CBS All Access, the network’s subscription-based streaming service. As announced earlier this year, episodes will be released once per week, unlike other streaming services that release entire seasons on one day.

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