New 'Star Trek' Series to Feature Gay Couple

(EDGE) The 'Star Trek' franchise will soon boldly go where no sci-fi series has gone before.

"Star Trek Discovery," the latest enterprise from the "Star Trek" franchise, will feature a same-sex romance. The announcement was made during San Diego's Comic Con over the weekend during a panel discussion on the show.

The pair of lovers will be played by actors Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz. Rapp is best-known for his portrayal of Mark in the Broadway musical "Rent" - a role he originated on stage and recreated for the film version. Cruz, who also appeared in "Rent" as a replacement on Broadway for the role of the ill-fated drag queen Angel, will play Rapp's other half. Fans of the cult 1990s TV series "My So-Called Life" will remember Cruz' portrayal of gay teen Rickie Vasquez.

"'Star Trek' has always been a pictorial of diversity and of universality and of unity," actress Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays the series' lead character First Officer Michael Burnham, told the Comic Con audience this weekend. "If you say you love the legacy of 'Star Trek' but you don't love that, then you've missed it. I encourage you to join with us."


"Star Trek Discovery" is set to debut in September on CBS All-Access streaming service.


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