As Starbase Yorktown faces an attack by the Swarm, an Asian man carrying a little girl in his arm is seen running for shelter amidst the chaos.
The man, who has a wedding ring on, is believed to be Hikaru Sulu’s husband, and the child, the couple’s daughter.
That, my friends, is the split-second glimpse of Sulu’s family you’ll see in the newly released Korean trailer for the upcoming ‘Star Trek Beyond’ film.
Watch it here now:
According to Trek Core, the man is played by the film’s writer and producer, Doug Jung.
The website also provided a collage of what-could-be Sulu’s loved ones:
In the new film, Sulu is played by John Cho, who previously commented that he likes the idea of paying tribute to out acting veteran George Takei who made the character famous in the Star Trek universe.
‘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,’ Cho told the Herald Sun.
However, to everyone’s surprise, Takei voiced disappointment over the revelation rather than support.
‘I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,’ said the 79-year-old to 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.’
Takei’s comment was in turn criticised by other out actors.
‘I was disappointed by the fact that George was disappointed,’ says Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the last three feature films.
Writer of the film, Simon Pegg, who also plays Scotty, has also come out defending the idea of portraying Sulu as gay.
‘I must respectfully disagree with him,’ Pegg said. ‘He’s right, it is unfortunate, it’s unfortunate that the screen version of the most inclusive, tolerant universe in science fiction hasn’t featured an LGBT character until now.
‘We could have introduced a new gay character, but he or she would have been primarily defined by their sexuality, seen as the “gay character,” rather than simply for who they are, and isn’t that tokenism?’
What do you think? Do you support the decision of having Sulu come out as a married gay man with a daughter?