If there’s one person who knows exactly what to say about a new Star Trek series, it’s Bryan Fuller. Everything he says about how he’s running CBS digital Star Trek show sounds right and good and not at all like he’s going cannibalize a beloved franchise for parts.
Fuller recently spoke to Collider about the new show. Along with the news that there will be 13 episodes of variable length—as has often been the case with a bunch the streaming only shows—he also revealed that the idea is to tell one story over the course of the season and that they’ve already finished planning out the entire arc.
Fuller added that CBS has him mostly muzzled on details, and he thinks we’ll actually get announcements about when the show is set and other things around San Diego Comic-Con.
Those details were all about the process, but the most relieving thing Fuller said about the show was this exchange:
So you’ve basically been meeting with people for casting.
FULLER: I’ve met with a few actors, and it’s an interesting process. There’s a few people that we like and we want to carry on what Star Trek does best, which is being progressive. So it’s fascinating to look at all of these roles through a colorblind prism and a gender-blind prism, so that’s exciting.
Star Trek has never filmed certain subject material because it was filmed at a time when showing a gay character or showing certain kinds of characters was frowned on. What I’m so looking forward to is to see you guys be so progressive and all-inclusive. Are you looking at it that way?
FULLER: Absolutely. I think the progressive audience that loves Star Trek will be happy that we’re continuing that tradition.
In comparison, J.J. Abrams once said he didn’t like Star Trek because it was “too philosophical.”
Fuller has said in the past that he’d like to have Angela Bassett as the captain and Rosario Dawson as the first officer, which backs up the assertion that he’s looking for a diverse cast for his show. Everything Fuller says fills us with confidence. If this goes wrong, it’s got to be CBS’ fault, right?