The lead character in the new Star Trek: Discovery TV series will be a female – possible from a diverse background – but she won’t be the captain, showrunner Bryan Fuller revealed at the Television Critics Association’s fall previews in the States.
“The story that is fascinating, for me, is we’ve seen six series now from captains’ points of view,” said Fuller. “To see a character from a different perspective on a starship, who has a different dynamic and relationship with the captain and with subordinates, felt like it was going to give us richer context [and] different types of stories with that character.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new lead character will be a lieutenant commander.
“We’re going deep into something that was for me always very tantalising,” said Fuller, adding that they’ll be telling the story, “through a character who is on a journey that is going to teach her how to get along with others in the galaxy. For her to truly understand something that is alien, she has to first understand herself.”
Fuller revealed a lot of other details about Star Trek: Discovery too, including:
- The series will feature roughly seven lead characters.
- Star Fleet will feature a larger percentage of aliens.“We wanted to paint a picture of Star Fleet that’s indicative of encountering people who are much more different than we are.”
- There will be a gay character.
- The series is set 10 years before Classic Trek and it is set in the Prime universe – not the rebooted JJ Abrams big screen Trek universe. “We have the opportunity to bridge the gap between Enterprise and the original series and really help us redefine the visual style of Star Trek.”
- However Fuller stated that it is not set during the Romulan War.
- Although not confirmed at the Fuller panel, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the rest of the cast also will feature a female admiral, a male Klingon captain, a male admiral, a male adviser and a British male doctor.
Star Trek: Discovery is due to premiere worldwide on Netflix early in 2017, and on CBS (moving to CBS All-Access after the pilot) in the States.