George Takei may not have been pleased that the character of Sulu was gay in Star Trek Beyond, but he has no complaints about a new one being created for Star Trek: Discovery.
Back when he found out about the choice to make Sulu gay in Star Trek Beyond, Takei has this to say. “When I was informed they were making Sulu gay, I said, ‘It’s wonderful that they can deal with the gay issue. But honor Gene [Roddenberry]. It’s not about me. It’s about Gene’s vision and respect him and respect the characters that he created.’
“But be as imaginative and creative as Gene was. Create a new character and make him or her gay with the issues he or she might have to deal with in the 23rd century. That would be exciting. That would be paying tribute.”
Takei got his wish. “I am eager to see him,” he said of the new character, said to be played by Anthony Rapp. “Gene is really going to be honored by Star Trek: Discovery by having that original character, played by a wonderfully talented actor. I think it is the way it should’ve been done.”