Star Trek: The most popular franchise is always working with new innovative ideas to expand its content. And this time this science fiction franchise is ready to introduce for the first time ever transgender and non-binary characters in its show.
On Wednesday, the producers of the show officially announced the same for its upcoming third series in its U.S television series releasing next month. Both roles are set to debut in the show including the trans character called Gray to be played by the trans actor Ian Alexander who was last seen in a Netflix popular web series, ‘The OA’, and the non-binary character of Adira to be played by Blu del Barrio who will be seen bonding with Lt. Commander Paul Stamets played by Anthony Rapp and Dr. Hugh Culber, the character played by Wilson Cruz, the first-ever same-gender couple in the history of Star Trek series. The cast will appear in the third series of Star Trek called Star Trek: Discovery which is expected to consist of a total of 13 episodes and is scheduled to be greenlit by October this year.
The show’s co-runner and executive producer Michelle Paradise added: “It believes in showing people that a future without division on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation is entirely within our reach.”
The cast as well as Anthony Rapp, one of the show’s stars also tweeted showing his excitement for such actors to be a part of the show. He adds he is eager to meet these beautiful souls and wonderful artists.
The producer of the show also talked about the vision of the show was to give visibility to the underrepresented community. Well, Star Trek introducing transgender and non-binary characters in the show is the reason for the increasing popularity of the show as well as the franchise.