Sonequa Martin-Green Cast As the Lead Officer in Star Trek: Discovery

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Captain on the bridge! Well, not actually captain, but according to Entertainment Weekly, the long-promised CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery has finally found its star in the form of Sonequa Martin-Green, who will lead the revival as a lieutenant commander. After extended production delays and the very public departure of its showrunner, Bryan Fuller, this is huge news for the series. Things are actually happening! Casting decisions are being made! Fans of AMC programming will recognize Martin-Green as Sasha Williams from The Walking Dead, which she’s been with since its third season. Discovery will be the first Trek series to feature a female African-American presiding officer in the lead role, and only the second Trek incarnation ever to be anchored by a woman. (High five to the pioneering Vice-Admiral Kathryn Janeway!) Additionally, EW reports that Martin-Green will continue to be a series regular on Walking Dead — making the universe a better place, one dead zombie at a time.

Star Trek: Discovery Casts Its Lead Officer