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STAR TREK DISCOVERY Casts THE WALKING DEAD Star Sonequa Martin-Green in Lead Role

STAR TREK DISCOVERY Casts THE WALKING DEAD Star Sonequa Martin-Green in Lead Role

The news Star Trek fans have been waiting for is finally here: The long-awaited new series Star Trek: Discovery has cast its principal lead character, and it is a face very well known to genre fans. According to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve learned that Sonequa Martin-Green, who is well known for her role as Sasha Williams on AMC’s The Walking Dead, has been cast as the lead of Star Trek: Discovery.

All we know about the role so far is that the lead character of this show is not the captain of the titular ship, which is a departure from every Star Trek series to date, where the captain has always been the leading role. Earlier reports have the character called only “Number One,” suggesting she is actually the second in command of the Discovery. Captain Pike referred to his first officer in the original Star Trek pilot as “Number One,” and Captain Picard also called Commander Riker “Number One” as well on Star Trek: The Next Generation .

Martin-Green will continue to serve as a series regular on The Walking Dead, but for exactly long remains to be seen. Considering that show’s knack for killing off its main characters at any given moment, I’m not sure how long we can expect to see Martin-Green pull double duty. She joins the previously announced Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Chris Obi and Mary Chieffo as cast members on the series.

Star Trek: Discovery is set to premiere sometime in the summer of 2017 on the new CBS All Access streaming platform

Are you as excited as we are for this casting choice? Let us know down below in the comments.

Image: AMC 

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