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.”

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 Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.

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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.