Oh my! Star Trek Beyond will be breaking some new ground with its portrayal of Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu. He'll be depicted in the new movie as a loving dad in a same-sex relationship, reports USA Today.
John Cho, who plays Sulu in the current franchise, told Australian newspaper the Sun Herald that screenwriter Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin wanted to bring this part of Sulu's personal life into the story as a nod to George Takei, aka the original Sulu. Openly gay and married, Takei has long been an advocate of LGBTQ civil rights. From Cho's description, it sounds like the revelation will be subtle but effective.
“I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations,” Cho said.
Thus far, George Takei hasn't commented on the development, but in 2015 he said, "If I wanted to work as an actor I had to keep it a secret. Back then I couldn’t marry a white person — that was against the law here, miscegenation. But now I am married to a white dude, so we have changed.”