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‘Walking Dead’ Star Lands ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Lead

Sonequa Martin-Green
Sonequa Martin-Green

The Walking Dead” performing artist Sonequa Martin-Green has handled the lead part on CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery.”

Sources affirmed to Variety that the performing artist will proceed as an arrangement standard on the AMC zombie show while handling the lead part on CBS relaunch of the sci-fi TV establishment.

A delegate for CBS declined to remark.

The throwing of Martin-Green concludes a protracted look for a lead on “Revelation,” which has battled with deferrals since being given a greenlight by CBS a year ago. Unique showrunner Bryan Fuller had at Comic-Con this late spring demonstrated that he needed to cast a lady of shading in the number one spot part, refering to motivation from Mae Jamison, the main African-American female space explorer and Nichelle Nichols, the solitary African-American and solitary female cast part on the first “Star Trek” arrangement. In August, talking at the Television Critics Association squeeze visit, Fuller affirmed that the lead character would be a lady and that she would not hold the rank of chief, as “Star Trek” leads generally have.

Fuller exited the showrunner role in October, after CBS was forced to push back the series premiere from February to May, and was replaced by fellow executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts. The casting search continued to drag on, with CBS Television Studios, which is producing the series, focusing its efforts on casting an African-American or Latino actress.

Martin-Green’s character will hold the rank of lieutenant-commander, though the character’s name is still unknown. The actress has played Sasha Williams on “The Walking Dead” since the show’s third season. Her other credits include CBS’ “The Good Wife” and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.”

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Martin Green becomes the seventh actor cast on “Discovery,” following Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, and Mary Chieffo.

“Discovery” will be the first “Star Trek” series since “Enterprise” ended its run on UPN in 2005. It will premiere in May on the CBS broadcast network, with subsequent episodes streaming exclusively in the U.S. on CBS All Access. The show is set to take place 10 years before the events of the original “Star Trek” television series.

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