George Takei thinks decision to make 'Star Trek' character gay is 'really unfortunate'

'Star Trek' Gets Its First Openly Gay Major Character

"Star Trek" will have its first openly gay major character when "Star Trek Beyond" hits theaters.

The actor John Cho, who plays Hikaru Sulu, made the announcement in an interview with Australia's Herald Sun. Some fans have been pressuring the franchise to include a prominent LGBT character, and for some it might've seemed like the moment would never come.

LGBT advocates have argued the franchise's history of depicting progressive narratives made it a perfect vehicle for LGBT representation. The original 1960s TV series has been commended for pushing the boundaries with a racially diverse cast, and in 1968, "Star Trek" became the first series in the country to show an interracial kiss.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: George Takei attends the press conference for The Japanese American National Museum's exhibition 'Instructions To All Persons: Reflections On Executive Order 9066' at Japanese American National Museum on February 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 20: Actor George Takei attends 'Star Trek: The Exhibition' at The Franklin Institute Science Museum on August 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images)
The space shuttle orbiter OV-101, aka 'Enterprise', is unveiled at the NASA/Rockwell International Space Division assembly plant at Palmdale, California, in the presence of the cast of hit tv show 'Star Trek', 17th September 1976. From left to right, NASA administrator Dr. James C. Fletcher, actors DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, series creator Gene Roddenberry and actor Walter Koenig. (Photo by Space Frontiers/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: George Takei attends the 3rd Annual Sports Humanitarian Of The Year Awards at The Novo by Microsoft on July 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: George Takei attends the press conference for The Japanese American National Museum's exhibition 'Instructions To All Persons: Reflections On Executive Order 9066' at Japanese American National Museum on February 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Presenter George Takei speaks onstage at AARP's 16th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actor George Takei attends AARP's 16th annual Movies For Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - DECEMBER 02: Actors George Takei (L) and Masi Oka introduce The Fray onstage during the VH1 Big in '06 Awards held at Sony Studios on December 2, 2006 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - APRIL 27: Actors John Cho (L) and George Takei, each who has portrayed Hikaru Sulu in 'Star Trek,' attend the 43rd Anniversary Visionary Awards at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City hotel on April 27, 2009 in Universal City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Actor George Takei (2nd L) (the 'Sulu' charactor on 'Star Trek') and partner Brad Altman (L) after they were married at the Japanese American National Museum on September 14, 2008 in Los Angeles. Fellow 'Star Trek' actors Walter Koenig (2nd R) and Nichelle Nichols (R) who participated in the ceremony follow. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 29: The James Doohan Farewell Star Trek Convention and Tribute at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, United States on August 29, 2004 - Walter Koenig and George Takei. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 4: George Takei as Commander Hikaru Sul in the movie, 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.' Release date, June 4, 1982. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Canadian actor William Shatner, AMerican George Takei, Nichelle Nichols and Robert Hooks on the set of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, directed by Leonard Nimoy. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 4: From left: George Takei as Commander Hikaru Sul and William Shatner as Admiral James T. Kirk in the movie, 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.' Release date, June 4, 1982. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
DECEMBER 7: Actors George Takei, James Doohan, Grace Lee Whitney, Nichelle Nichols, Stephen Collins, DeForest Kelley, Majel Barrett, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Persis Khambatta, Walter Koenig pose for a portrait during the filming of the movie 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' which was released December 27, 1979 in the United States. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 4: From left: Nichelle Nichols as Commander Uhura, DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy, George Takei as Commander Hikaru Sulu in the movie, 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.' Release date, June 4, 1982. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 3: From left: James Doohan as Chief Engineer Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott, DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard H. McCoy and George Takei as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on the Star Trek: The Original Series episode, 'Whom Gods Destroy.' Originally aired January 3, 1969. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Actors George Takei, Stephen Collins, Majel Barrett, Persis Khambatta, Grace Lee Whitney, William Shatner, James Doohan, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig and Michelle Nichols on the set of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, directed by Robert Wise. (Photo by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor George Takei appears as Sulu in a scene from 'The Man Trap,' the premiere episode of 'Star Trek,' which aired on September 8, 1966. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 22: Sally Kellerman as Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, James Doohan as Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott, Paul Fix as Dr. Mark Piper and George Takei as Lt. Sulu in the STAR TREK episode, 'Where No Man Has Gone Before.' Season 1, Episode 3. Original air date, September 22, 1966. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
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The move appears to be a continuation of the "Star Trek" legacy of diversity. It also comes after the actor who originally played Sulu in the television series came out as gay in 2005. George Takei has been vocal in supporting marriage equality, and the move seems to be an homage to the actor.

But in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Takei said he was disappointed and would have preferred another character be added who was gay as opposed to an already existing character being revealed as closeted.

"I'm delighted that there's a gay character," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "Unfortunately, it's a twisting of Gene's creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it's really unfortunate."

The movie will in be in theaters July 22.

(Additional reporting by AOL.com)

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