You’ll find something in this year’s summer movies that has never happened before: two gay couples in two major franchise films. Considering the scarcity of LGBTQ characters in Hollywood, that’s a pretty big deal.
It’s been a while since the crew of the Starship Enterprise visited a strange new world in search of new life and civilizations. The Star Trek of television was full of strange new worlds; the Enterprise seemed to discover one every single week. The Trek movies, so focused on special effects, violence, and intricate revenge plots, have frequently strayed from Trek’s original mission. And while there’s plenty of action and excitement in Star Trek Beyond, there’s also a clear attempt to return this series to its core principles: Exploration, diplomacy, teamwork, and the hope for a better tomorrow. After the missteps of the punishingly bleak and the unfortunately rehashy Star Trek Into Darkness, it’s a necessary and welcome course correction; a Star Trek back into the light.
This week brought some great news for the future of diversity in Hollywood. John Cho announced his ‘Star Trek Beyond’ character, Hikaru Sulu, would be revealed as gay in the upcoming movie. But sadly not everyone was thrilled about it.
Well this is certainly unexpected. Earlier today, we learned that Star Trek Beyond will reveal that John Cho’s Sulu is gay, a move partially intended to honor the legacy of George Takei, the actor who originated the iconic role in the classic television series and who himself came out as gay in 2005. You’d think that Takei of all people would be thrilled by the decision, but that’s not exactly the case.
Some very cool news about this summer’s Star Trek Beyond, via the Australian newspaper the Herald Sun: They report that Beyond will reveal that John Cho’s Hikaru Sulu is gay. The character is also revealed to be “the loving father of a daughter with a same sex partner. And in typical trailblazing Trek fashion - it’s just not a big deal.” At least the daughter aspect fits with what little the previous Star Trek series revealed of Sulu’s private life; in 1994’s Star Trek Generations, Sulu’s daughter, Ensign Demora Sulu, serves as the helmsman on the Enterprise-B.
Although we’ve already seen the first official trailer for Star Trek Beyond, there’s still plenty we don’t know about the upcoming sequel, directed by Justin Lin and co-written by star Simon Pegg. We know Idris Elba is the villain, that Kingsman’s Sofia Boutella plays an awesome-looking alien, and…that’s about it. A new set video with the cast sheds a little more light on what we can expect from Beyond, including some new weapons and uniforms and one very intriguing secret regarding John Cho’s Sulu.
It's ABC's turn at the Upfronts to premiere its newest offerings, and while earlier today we caught the full schedule for Fall 2014, the network has now premiered first looks at all trailers for its newest programming. Get a first look at Karen Gillan's 'My Fair Lady'-esque 'Selfie,' John Ridley's 'American Crime,' Spielberg alien drama 'The Whispers,' and even an update on Marvel's forthcoming 'Agent Carter' right here!
While we're more concerned with ABC's renewal of Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and an official series order for 'Agent Carter,' the network had plenty more to offer in advance of its Upfront presentation next week. Not only will such staples as 'Modern Family' and 'Scandal' return, but freshman comedy 'The Goldbergs' has officially earned an additional season, in addition to such pilots as 'Guardians of the Galaxy' star Karen Gillan's 'Selfie.'
NBC's 'The Office' may have closed its doors for good (at least in America), but that hasn't stopped us from envisioning what the beloved NBC comedy might have been like on a different path. Among some of the early auditions from the series we've heard about, new footage of such comedy icons as Seth Rogen, Kathryn Hahn and even 'Breaking Bad' star Bob Odenkirk trying out for the show have emerged, painting a very different portrait of Dunder-Mifflin life.
The news from Upfront presentations will be pouring in over the next few days, and FOX is the latest to make some bold announcements. In addition to J.J. Abrams' futuristic cop thriller 'Almost Human,' the network has given series orders to its modern 'Sleepy Hollow' procedural, a 'Gang Related' drama featuring 'LOST's Terry O'Quinn, and Greg Kinnear's 'House'-like lawyer drama 'Rake,' from the UK series of the same name. Preview FOX's fall drama line-up inside!