'Star Trek Beyond' Release Date, News & Update: Sulu Announced To Be Gay; George Takei Reacts, Calls It Unfortunate!

By Faye Jimenea , Updated Jul 11, 2016 11:29 AM EDT
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There have been numerous ground breaking film and series that have come out ever since the Hollywood industry was young. One of the most memorable and ahead of its time series/movie is none other than cult favourite "Star Trek."

"Star Trek" pushed many boundaries as it was made and released on television. Because of that, it has become one of the biggest jewels in the film industry.

In recent years, "Star Trek" has been rebooted into two movies already. Now that the third "Star Trek" reboot movie is coming soon, "Star Trek Beyond" buzz about it has been made.

One of the interesting reveal in the upcoming "Star Trek Beyond" is the fact that one of the most recognizable character, Sulu, is gay. He said to be the first ever LGBTQ character in the franshise.

Actor John Cho, who plays Sulu in "Star Trek Beyond," revealed his opinion about the gender orientation of Sulu. "I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one's personal orientations,"John Cho told the Herald Sun as he explained that in the film there is no coming out scene.

Also in the film, Sulu will introduce his husband and their daughter to the whole cast of the film. But, the original Sulu from the "Star Trek" series has deemed this action in the "Star Trek Beyond" film to be unfortunate.

George Takei, who played Sulu in the original "Star Trek," came out as gay last 2005. However, according to him, this is not how Gene Roddenberry, the creator of "Star Trek" envisioned Sulu's character.

"I'm delighted that there's a gay character. Unfortunately, it's a twisting of Gene's creation, to which he put in so much thought," George Takei said. "I think it's really unfortunate."

One of the writers of "Star Trek Beyond," Simon Pegg, thinks opposite though. "Their sexual orientation is just one of many personal aspects, not the defining characteristic," he explained. "Also, the audience would infer that there has been an LGBT presence in the 'Trek' universe from the beginning (at least in the Kelvin timeline), that a gay hero isn't something new or strange."

"Star Trek Beyond" will be released on July 22, 2016.

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