Star Trek: Discovery Casts The Walking Dead's Sonequa Martin-Green as Its Lead

Image: The Walking Dead, AMC
Image: The Walking Dead, AMC

Star Trek: Discovery has finally found its Number One: Sonequa Martin-Green.

As previously announced, the focus of Star Trek: Discovery won’t be the ship’s captain, but a lieutenant commander “with caveats.” Bryan Fuller, the former showrunner, said a while back that the idea was to buck the tradition and “see a character from a [new] perspective on the starship — one who has different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context.”

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Entertainment Weekly broke the casting news, but no fresh information about the character has surfaced. We don’t even have a name, just a rank. (Update: She’s Lieutenant Commander Rainsford) Martin-Green will supposedly continue to have a regular role on The Walking Dead as Sasha Williams, but we’ll see how long that lasts.

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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First noticed her on Once Upon A Time. Pretty good but overall did not leave an impression. Not great at villainy but that show isn’t always a fertile ground for guest stars. Besides, if you can’t chew scenery like Lana Perrilla, you’re starting at a disadvantage on OUAT.

In The Walking Dead, she started off flat to me. Kind of one-note. But she grew into the role and got to play a pretty neat and conflicted character. And on the other side of it, really shined as someone who had been down a dark path and returned — with the right dash of ‘Suck it up, buttercup!’ to throw at others.

So, good for her! I hope it works out well.