Best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the hit musical, Anthony Rapp will star as Lt. Stamets, an “astromycologist,” or fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer who happens to be gay. Joining the cast as Stamets’s love interest is Wilson Cruz, who succeeded original “Rent” star Wilson Jermaine Heredia in the role of Angel on Broadway.
“We’ve been in each other’s lives,” Cruz said. “We didn’t have to create a foundation for this relationship. There was already one of mutual respect and admiration. We had a running leap into this.”
The news got a special stamp of approval from George Takei. The actor, who originated the role of Hikaru Sulu in the original “Star Trek” in 1965, was less than thrilled after learning his character would be portrayed as a gay man in 2016′s “Star Trek Beyond.” The move was intended as a tribute to Takei, who came out as gay in 2005 and has been an outspoken LGBTQ rights advocate since then. Read more via HuffPost