After five years on the hit AMC series Walking Dead, actress Sonequa Martin-Green will head to space to play the lead role on CBS All Access’ upcoming Star Trek series, the first new installment of the famous sci-fi franchise in more than a decade. (The last entry, Star Trek: Enterprise, zoomed away in 2005 after four seasons.) Her character, a lieutenant commander aboard the ship Discovery, will anchor Star Trek: Discovery for the duration of its 13-episode debut season, which premieres on CBS in May 2017 before moving to CBS All Access.

With this role, Martin-Green makes history as the first African-American woman to lead the cast of one of the franchise’s ensembles.

Star Trek started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast … we’re continuing that traditionWe wanted to paint a picture of Starlet that’s indicative of encountering people who are much more different than we are.” – Bryan Fuller

Martin-Green joins a cast that includes Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, Mary Chieffo and Anthony Rapp (who’s also making history playing the first openly gay lieutenant for the Star Trek series).

Walking Dead fans may be worried that this casting announcement means the potential demise of Martin-Green’s current character Sasha; however, sources confirm that she will still remain a series regular on the AMC zombie drama.  All around this is amazing news!

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