A spinoff of the “Star Trek” franchise, “Star Trek: Discovery,” featured a historic first when Sonequa Martin-Green became the first Black female lead character of the show in 2017.
Martin-Green, 34, was already known by fans of AMC’s zombie apocalypse smash hit, “The Walking Dead” for playing tough-as-nails Sasha. For “Star Trek: Discovery,” she’ll be playing a lieutenant commander of the starship. Typically, the show makes the captain of the series the main protagonist, but in this incarnation, the second-in-command will play that role.
Martin-Green plays Commander Michael Burnham, a science specialist. She made her debut in the role on September 24, 2017. Show co-creator Bryan Fuller was inspired to build the show around a Black woman by former astronaut Mae Jemison and “Star Trek” alumnus Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura on the TV series.
“Star Trek: Discovery” was created to stream exclusively on the CBS streaming site CBS All-Access. The two seasons are available via CBS All Access with a third season expected to debut this year.
Martin-Green will play Savannah James. LeBron James’ wife, in the reboot of “Space Jam” in 2021.
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