50 years after George Takei originated the role in Gene Roddenberry’s long-running series Star Trek, and 11 years after Takei himself came out, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (now played by John Cho) will be revealed as a gay man “with a husband and a daughter” in this summer’s Star Trek Beyond. The creative decision, writes Vulture, was a direct nod to Takei.

In an interview with The Herald Sun, Cho said:

“I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations.”

An out gay man hurtling through space, boldly going where no man has gone before? How fitting that Rihanna provided the theme.

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