John Cho has confirmed the new development for his character
John Cho has said that Star Trek character Mr Sulu will be revealed to be gay in ‘Star Trek Beyond’.
Speaking to Australian paper The Herald Sun during press duties for the third instalment in the sci-fi franchise, Cho said that the film will reveal that Mr Sulu is a father with a same-sex partner and daughter.
He also praised the film for presenting the new development in a casual and nuanced fashion.
He said: “I liked the approach, which was to not make a big thing out of it. [That] is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicise one’s personal orientations.”
The development in Mr Sulu’s character is believed to be a nod to George Takei by director Justin Lin, and writer/star Simon Pegg.
Takei came out as gay in 2005, and later claimed that he would have struggled to find work as a gay Asian-American if he had revealed his sexuality while filming the show during the 1960’s.
The announcement comes only months after ‘Star Wars’ fans rallied Disney bosses to include a gay relationship between characters Finn and Poe Dameron in Episode 8 of the franchise, which is due for release in December 2017.
When asked about that possibility, actor John Boyega said: “To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility.
“So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
‘Star Trek Beyond’ is released July 22.