'Star Trek: Discovery' spoilers: lead character will be a female ship lieutenant

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Following the big screen release of “Star Trek Beyond” this year, Trekkies are up for a smaller albeit longer dose of “Star Trek” with CBS All Access’ new TV series. Despite being months away from its supposed 2017 premiere, showrunner Bryan Fuller has shared some interesting tidbits on what fans can expect from the first TV screen iteration of the story in 10 years.

Talking at the recently held Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills last week, Fuller disclosed that the main character of his brand-new project dubbed as “Star Trek: Discovery” would be a woman.

“‘Star Trek’ started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast … our lead of the show is going to be subject of that same level of who’s the best actor and also what can we say about diversity on the show,” the 47-year-old producer stated and was quoted by Entertainment Weekly. “We haven’t cast her yet, so we don’t know what level of diversity she will be, but that’s forefront in our minds.”

The female protagonist will also on take the role of a lieutenant instead of the easily presumed captain of the ship. This decision, Fuller explained, is an effort to offer a fresh perspective for the loyal viewers of previous “Star Trek” small screen iterations.

“We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view; to see a character from a different perspective on the starship one who has a different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context,” he reasoned.

Taking on a serialized approach instead of an episodic one, the new series will be exploring a particular incident in the “Star Trek” lore that has yet to be fully explored. What it is exactly has yet to be revealed, but it will be set 10 years before the original “Star Trek” series which aired from 1966 to 1969. It is also noteworthy to cite that the show will have a separate timeline which will be parallel to the story that the movies from the franchise are currently telling.

It appears that Fuller and his team are leaning towards casting a diverse set of game players for the “Star Trek” TV series. This not only includes the decision to have a female protagonist but also the inclusion of gay characters. Even aliens partaking in the show will be very varied but not to the point of sidelining those who have been part of the story’s mythology for decades. Being a veteran producer, Fuller has also acknowledged the potential backlash that the upcoming series may receive due to some creative liberties that they are planning to take. Nevertheless, he is adamant that while the show has a rich history and even a prequel premise, production is still happening in the modern times, hence, it should reflect the world right now.

“Star Trek: Discovery” is set to premiere sometime in January 2017 as the first series produced and developed for new subscription streaming service, CBS All Access.