By Ned Ehrbar
(CBS NEWS) – Well, that answers that question. The latest Star Trek film, “Star Trek Beyond,” will confirm that one of its main characters — Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho — is gay. And not only is he gay, but he is married and has a child, Cho revealed to Australia’s Herald Sun.
Cho said the decision came from screenwriter/co-star Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin as a nod to George Takei, who originally played Sulu in the “Star Trek” television series and movies.
More importantly, Cho explained, Sulu’s sexuality is revealed in the film without making a fuss about it.
“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 politicize one’s personal orientations,” he said.
In May 2008, Takei and his husband, Brad Altman, became the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in California. They have been together for 29 years.
“Star Trek Beyond” hits theaters July 22, 2016.
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