The name and rank of Sonequa Martin-Green’s Star Trek: Discovery lead character have officially been revealed.
According to CBS, the Walking Dead actress will play First Officer Michael Burnham on the new Star Trek series' 13-episode run. On a Federation starship, the first officer is the ship’s second-in-command (usually an officer with the rank of commander or lieutenant commander), just below the captain and, starting with The Next Generation, the one generally having all the away-mission fun (amongst other duties).
Here's the official (if brief) announcement:
Taking place a decade before the adventures of a certain Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Star Trek: Discovery will have ties to The Original Series in the form of Spock's father, Sarek (James Frain), and Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd.
The show will “feature a new ship [the U.S.S. Discovery], new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.” Here’s what Sonequa Martin-Green said about landing the coveted role during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
“Being the first officer on the ship is going to be a wild ride because we haven't seen that happen before in the Star Trek cannon, we haven't seen the story be told from the perspective of the first officer rather than the captain. It's going to open up so much potential for new storylines because not being the captain automatically gives you a different perspective. It's going to be a wild ride and everybody on board — in front of the camera and behind — I've been floored by the performances on The Walking Dead from the beginning and I'm going to be astounded again by the people we've got assembled on Star Trek. I'm really excited.”
Set to warp full speed ahead sometime in late summer or early fall on CBS All Access (with the first episode airing on CBS), Star Trek: Discovery also stars Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, Mary Chieffo, Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy and Sam Vartholomeos.