CBS’ “Star Trek: Discovery” will feature a female lead, Variety has confirmed. Executive producer Bryan Fuller is expected to discuss the role Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
CBS Television Studios, which is producing the series, is in the process of casting the role, which could potentially go to a woman of color. During a Q&A last month at Comic-Con, Fuller spoke about Mae Jamison, the first African-American female astronaut and Nichelle Nichols, the lone African American and lone female cast member on the original “Star Trek” series, as inspirations for the characters on his show. “I think that ‘Star Trek’ is a show of firsts,” he said at the time.
Avery Brooks as Capt. Benjamin Sisko on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” was the first African American to lead a “Star Trek” series. Kate Mulgrew as Capt. Kathryn Janeway on “Star Trek: Voyager” was the franchise’s first female lead. The female lead on “Discovery” will not necessarily be a captain.
Shooting on “Star Trek: Discovery” is set to begin in two months, with David Semel set to direct the premiere. The series is scheduled to premiere in January with the first episode debuting on the core CBS broadcast network and subsequent episodes available exclusively on subscription streaming service CBS All Access.
Fuller announced the title of the series last month at Comic Con, showing off a teaser that revealed a first look at the starship featured on the show.