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

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.

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