"Star Trek Beyond" Hikaru Sulu becomes franchise 1st openly gay character

One of the most prominent characters in the "Star Trek" franchise has been revealed to be gay.

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George Takei, John Cho

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The new "Star Trek: Beyond" film features helmsman of the USS Enterprise, Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho as openly gay.

Being the first "Star Trek" gay character, "Beyond" reveals Mr. Sulu as the father of a child with a same-sex partner.

Speaking on the revelation, Cho said, “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.”

"Star Trek Beyond" Screenwriters Simon Pegg and Doug Jones and director Justin Lin created the gay character to honor George Takei, who played Sulu in the original 1960s series.

Reacting to the update, Tekei said to The Hollywood Reporter, "I’m delighted that there’s a gay character. Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate."

USS Enterprise, Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho is openly gay. play

USS Enterprise, Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho is openly gay.

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"Star Trek Beyond" is an upcoming American science fiction film and the sequel to the 2013 "Star Trek Into Darkness."

The 13th film in the Star Trek film franchise, and the third installment in the reboot series, the upcoming film is directed by Justin Lin (Furious 7).

J.J. Abrams, who directed the last two films, produced the upcoming film.

The science fiction film will have Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprise their roles as Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock, with Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchib reprising their roles from the previous film. Newcomers include Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella.

Screenwriters created the gay character to honor George Takei, who played Sulu in the original 1960s series. play

Screenwriters created the gay character to honor George Takei, who played Sulu in the original 1960s series.

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Plot

The USS Enterprise crew, led by Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), have been attacked by a powerful unstoppable wave of unknown aliens, who destroy the Enterprise, leaving them stranded on a new planet where they find themselves in conflict with a new ruthless enemy.

The film is scheduled for a July 22, 2016, release, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise.

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