Anthony Rapp to boldly go as gay Lieutenant Stamets
Although the writers, producers and director of the most recent movie, “Star Trek Beyond,” chose to reveal that Lieutenant Sulu’s sexual orientation was gay, Anthony Rapp’s character will be the first original leading man in the 50-year-old franchise to be shown as out from the outset and to be played by an out actor. The man who originated the part of Sulu on television in 1966, George Takei, and Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the rebooted movie series, are also gay, but play straight characters.
Rapp will play Lieutenant Stamets, a Starfleet officer aboard the Starship Discovery. An expert in fungus, aka an astromycologist, Rapp was dubbed in 2012 “one of the first openly gay men on Broadway,” and has starred in a number of theater productions including, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and If/Then. The movie version of Rent is among the films he’s appeared in, in addition to “School Ties” and “A Beautiful Mind.”
Actors Doug Jones and Michelle Yeoh were also announced Tuesday as members of the cast. Yeoh will be only the second woman in “Star Trek” to play a starship captain. "Star Trek: Discovery,” is set to premiere on CBS next May and thereafter appear on the network’s internet streaming service, CBS All Access.
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