CBS debuted our best look yet at Star Trek: Discovery at this weekend’s San Diego Comic Con presentation.

The upcoming series will star Sonequa Martin-Green, who is set to make history with her role as First Officer Michael Burnham.  In a discussion with Martin-Green discussed the importance of seeing an African-American female assume the lead role on a Star Trek series and play a character that may eventually settle into the captain’s chair.

“I think it’s important because people need to see themselves, and I think that’s what storytelling should be,” she said passionately. “It should be a mirror to society. And, unfortunately, we’ve had so many stories told on TV and in films that aren’t true mirrors to what we really look like in our world today.”

“I think that’s a big part,” Martin-Green affirmed. “I think that’s why the entertainment industry and theater, and all of these stories, they shape us so deeply, because we see what we can be. And I think that’s why it’s so important. That’s why it’s important to see every bit of diversity that we have, so that people can see themselves, and then can be inspired to do something great.”

Check out the trailer above. Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24 on CBS All Access!



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