'Star Trek: Beyond' will reveal Sulu is gay

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John Cho confirms: Sulu is gay in "Star Trek Beyond"

"Star Trek: Beyond" will confirm that longtime character Sulu has a same-sex partner, according to John Cho, the actor who plays him in the upcoming film.

In an interview with Herald Australia, Cho said that director Justin Lin and writer Simon Pegg made Sulu the franchise's first LGBT character as an homage to George Takei, the first actor to play him. Takei has become well known in recent years for his Facebook page and his LGBT activism.

Past installments in the "Star Trek" canon have revealed little about Sulu's personal life. The 1994 film "Star Trek Generations" disclosed that he had a daughter named Demora who had followed in his footsteps and taken over as helmsman of the Enterprise, but it wasn't revealed if Sulu had a significant other. Cho says that in "Beyond," Sulu will be shown as both a loving husband and father, and in keeping with the traditional "Trek" mentality, it won't be treated as a big deal.

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Cast members Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin (L) of the film "Like Crazy" speak during a news conference at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, September 13, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast members Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin pose at the premiere of "Like Crazy" at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California October 25, 2011. The movie opens in the U.S. on October 28. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PORTRAIT)
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Director Michael Almereyda (C) poses with cast members Milla Jovovich (2nd R), Ethan Hawke (R), John Leguizamo (L) and Anton Yelchin attend the red carpet for the movie "Cymbeline" at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 3, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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"I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicise one's personal orientations," he said.

"Star Trek: Beyond" will have its world premiere at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20. The premiere will take place at the Embarcadero Marina Park and will be the first ever outdoor IMAX screening. The premiere will also have a cast and crew tribute to co-star Anton Yelchin, who was tragically killed in an accident last month. The film will release in theaters nationwide July 22.

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