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Star Trek Beyond‘s Sulu is Gay: How Will Fans Respond?

John Cho as Hikaru Sulu in 'Star Trek Beyond'

Star Trek Beyond‘s John Cho has revealed that Hikaru Sulu, the helmsman of the USS Enterprise, is gay.

In the film he is portrayed as being married to a man. They have a young daughter.

According to The Herald Sun, Cho was glad the movie took a nonchalant approach to the portrayal. He said, “I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations.”

The decision to portray Sulu as gay was a nod to George Takei, who played the character in the original 1960s series. He came out later, stating, “If I wanted to work as an actor [at the time] I had to keep it a secret.”

What remains to be seen is whether fans will take to the portrayal as the movie-makers hope — like it’s no big deal.


Stranded on a hostile planet, Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the Enterprise crew face an alien threat.

Star Trek Beyond is in theaters on July 22, 2016.SuperFable