This is highly logical: Star Trek‘s next lead will be more of a Janeway than a Jean-Luc.
There’s no confirmation from CBS, but sources tell TVLine that Bryan Fuller’s forthcoming Star Trek: Discovery reboot will feature a female lead. Casting for the coveted role is currently underway. (More details on the character can be found here.)
In a recent interview, Fuller hinted that the show’s ensemble would be diverse. “We want to carry on what Star Trek does best, which is being progressive,” he said. “It’s fascinating to look at all of these roles through a colorblind prism and a gender-blind prism.”
Star Trek: Discovery episodes will unspool weekly on CBS All Access after initially launching with a two-hour episode on CBS network in January 2017.
Per the official CBS logline, “The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.”
“We’ve got the arc of the first season entirely written, or arced out,” Fuller revealed to Collider earlier this summer, “and we’ve got the first six episodes entirely broken.”
Fuller elaborated at Comic-Con last month, “We’re telling stories in a brand-new way. We’re not so much episodic. There have been 762 episodes of Star Trek television, so we’re going to be telling stories like a novel, chapter by chapter.”