Black Actress Lands Lead Role In ‘Star Trek’

The ‘Walking Dead’ star, Sonequa Martin-Green, becomes the first Black actress to play a lead role in the ‘Star Trek’ movie series since its inception.

The Walking Dead” star Sonequa Martin-Green will make history after being cast in the lead role for the upcoming “Star Trek: Discovery” series, the Atlanta Black Star reports. Martin-Green is the first Black woman to hold such a position; however, her top-billed character will not be a captain as is usually the case in the “Star Trek” franchise.

Variety confirmed the news Thursday, Dec. 15, from sources close to the reboot. In a break from tradition, the Black actress’ as-yet-unnamed character will begin as a lieutenant-commander on the series, which is set to air on CBS All Access, the cable network’s streaming service. “Dead” fans will be pleased to know that the actress also will continue her role as Sasha Williams on the hit AMC show.

The casting of Martin-Green brings to a close a lengthy search for a lead on “Discovery,” which has struggled with delays since being given a greenlight by CBS last year, according to the Variety. Original showrunner Bryan Fuller had at Comic-Con this summer indicated that he wanted to cast a woman of color in the lead role, citing inspiration from Mae Jamison, the first African-American female astronaut and Nichelle Nichols, the lone African-American and lone female cast member on the original “Star Trek” series. In August, speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, Fuller confirmed that the lead character would be a woman and that she would not hold the rank of captain, as “Star Trek” leads traditionally have.

Fuller exited the showrunner role in October, after CBS was forced to push back the series premiere from February to May, and was replaced by fellow executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts. The casting search continued to drag on, with CBS Television Studios, which is producing the series, focusing its efforts on casting an African-American or Latino actress.The casting of Martin-Green brings to a close a lengthy search for a lead on “Discovery,” which has struggled with delays since being given a greenlight by CBS last year, according to the Variety. Original showrunner Bryan Fuller had at Comic-Con this summer indicated that he wanted to cast a woman of color in the lead role, citing inspiration from Mae Jamison, the first African-American female astronaut and Nichelle Nichols, the lone African-American and lone female cast member on the original “Star Trek” series. In August, speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, Fuller confirmed that the lead character would be a woman and that she would not hold the rank of captain, as “Star Trek” leads traditionally have.

The character of the Black actress will hold the rank of lieutenant-commander, though the character’s name is still unknown. The actress has played Sasha Williams on “The Walking Dead” since the show’s third season. Her other credits include CBS’ “The Good Wife” and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.”

Martin Green becomes the seventh actor cast on “Discovery,” following Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, and Mary Chieffo, MSN states.

“Discovery” will be the first “Star Trek” series since “Enterprise” ended its run on UPN in 2005. It will premiere in May on the CBS broadcast network, with subsequent episodes streaming exclusively in the U.S. on CBS All Access. The show is set take place 10 years before the events of the original “Star Trek” television series.

Sonequa Martin-Green (born March 21, 1985) is an American actress and producer, reported by Wikipedia. Martin-Green is best known for her television role as Sasha Williams in The Walking Dead and as Tamara in Once Upon a Time. Prior to this, she had starred in several independent films before gaining her first recurring role as Courtney Wells on The Good Wife. She is to play the lead role in the 2017 series Star Trek: Discovery.

Martin-Green was born in Russellville, Alabama. She has one full sister and three older half-sisters. She had initially decided on becoming a psychologist before deciding to pursue a career in acting when she was in the tenth grade. After graduating from the University of Alabama in 2007 with a degree in theatre, she relocated to New York City where she and her husband, Kenric, lived for five years before moving to California.

While known primarily for her television roles, Sonequa Martin-Green made her debut in film with various film roles since 2005. In 2009, she played the lead role of Tosha Spinner in Toe to Toe opposite Louisa Krause, the fiercely determined scholarship student who seeks to build a brighter future outside of Anacostia and away from one of Washington’s poorest neighborhoods. The film focuses on her friendship and rivalry with Jessie (Louisa Krause), a privileged girl from Bethesda whose promiscuous tendencies threaten to become her undoing. They both strive to gain a better understanding of one another’s plight as society threatens to drive them ever farther apart. The film received generally positive reviews, with Martin-Green’s performance receiving critical acclaim, even from the film’s detractors.

Congratulations to the Black actress, Martin-Green for her new role as the lead actor in the famous movie ‘Star Trek.’ This is a motivation for all Black people. The limitations are not real; we can always achieve greater success in life if we are determined to do so.

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