The new Star Trek: Discovery TV series is not only going to have two gay characters, both will be played by openly gay actors.
Anthony Rapp has been a part of the show’s cast for a while now. At San Diego Comic-Con, the casting of Wilson Cruz was also announced.
Deadline reports that Rapp told the audience he is playing Lt. Stamets, the first openly gay Star Trek character on TV.
“I’m very proud of that and that he’s a scientist,” Rapp told the Comic-Con audience.
Rapp also revealed Cruz has been cast has his love interest. An Instagram from CBS reveals that Cruz will play the ship’s medical officer Dr. Hugh Culber.
Shortly after Rapp made the announcement, Cruz tweeted, “Well, apparently, the cat is finally out of the bag… I’m so THRILLED to be apart of the epic American mythology that is #StarTrek!”
Rapp is best known for performing in the original Broadway cast of Rent. He also appeared in the film version of Rent.
Cruz debuted as gay teen Rickie on the TV series My So-Called Life and later also performed on Broadway in Rent.
Star Trek: Discovery takes place 10 years before Captain James T. Kirk assumed command of the USS Enterprise in the original 1960s Star Trek series.
This series is set on the starship USS Discovery. Sonequa Martin-Green plays the lead character, First Officer Michael Burnham.
Star Trek: Discovery will debut on Sunday, 24 September, with a special broadcast premiere on CBS.
That will be the only episode of the series to be broadcast. After that, Star Trek: Discovery will move to the streaming platform, CBS All Access, where new episodes will be released each Sunday.
A total of 15 episodes have been made for the show’s first season.
Watch the show’s trailer which debuted at Comic Con: