Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Sasha Williams on AMC’s The Walking Dead, will be the lead actress in CBS’ upcoming new drama Star Trek: Discovery.
In her role, Martin-Green will play a central role as Starfleet’s Lieutenant Commander Rainsford–making her the first ever African-American actress to be cast as lead in the Star Trek series. Previous to her appointment, Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura in the original series was the highest ranking actress.
Martin-Green rounds out the cast which features Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, Mary Chieffo and Anthony Rapp, the first openly gay character in the series.
“Star Trek started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast … we’re continuing that tradition,” Bryan Fuller, who has since stepped down from his role as the show runner, told EW earlier this year.
While reports are stating that Star Trek’s latest commander will continue her role on The Walking Dead we can’t help but worry that her role may be coming to an end in the near future.
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere May 2017 on CBS’s All Access streaming service.