‘The Walking Dead’ Star Sonequa Martin-Green Lands ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Lead

sonequa-martin-green-star-trek-twdSonequa Martin-Green, best known for her role as Sasha in The Walking Dead, has signed on to another project that’s out of this world.

The actress has reportedly been cast as the lead in Star Trek‘s first TV series in 10 years, titled Star Trek: Discovery. According to Entertainment Weekly, Martin-Green has signed on to play a lieutenant commander on the Discovery. The production held a long and careful search to cast just the right actress and now that search has come to an end.

Fans of TWD may be concerned with Sasha’s fate, now that Sonequa has taken on the new leading role, but EW reports that her role won’t be impacted by her new leading lady status (or, you know, Sasha bites the dust soon).

The 31-year-old actress’ new role makes her the first African-American woman to lead a Star Trek cast. Another first that fans can look forward to in the new series is Anthony Rapp’s openly gay lieutenant character, an “”astromycologist,” fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer”.

Along with Sonequa and Anthony, Star Trek: Discovery will star Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, the Starfleet Captain aboard the Starship Shenzhou; Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Falling Skies) as Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer and a new alien species in the Star Trek universe. A new cast of Klingons was also previously revealed- Roots actor Chris Obi will play T’Kuvma, a leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses; Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful) as Kol, a Klingon Commanding Officer, and protege of T’Kuvma; and newcomer Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, the Battle Deck Commander of a Klingon ship.

Star Trek: Discovery is set to premiere in May on CBS’ All Access streaming service.

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