Breaking news out of Toronto’s STAR TREK: DISCOVERY this evening: the lead role in 2017’s Trek revival appears to have finally been cast, and it’s a familiar face from one of the most popular shows in the United States.
Variety and The Hollywood Reporter report that Sonequa Martin-Green, best known to US audiences as Sasha Williams on AMC’s monster hit The Walking Dead, will be taking on the central character in DISCOVERY, though little at this time is known about that role past Bryan Fuller’s comments earlier this summer (“a lieutenant commander… with caveats” known as “Number One”).
Martin-Green, 32, is an Alabama native and has also had recurring roles on ABC’s Once Upon a Time and CBS’s The Good Wife before joining The Walking Dead in 2012. Both news outlets also report that she will continue to remain a series regular on the cable zombie drama while leading DISCOVERY, as the two shows’ production schedules do not conflict – The Walking Dead has wrapped for the current season (and should Sasha survive the year, work on that show will not begin again until next summer).
In addition to today’s casting reveal — which has not yet been officially announced by CBS — STAR TREK: DISCOVERY also stars Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp, Doug Jones, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, and Mary Chieffo.
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