Actor John Cho, who plays the current incarnation of the iconic Star Trek character Sulu has revealed that the fan favorite character is openly gay and married in the new film - mimicking the original Sulu, George Takei in real life.
The decision to make a long-time franchise staple character gay comes as Hollywood faces growing pressure to include more diversity in its blockbuster films. There is yet to be an openly gay superhero or action star leading a film franchise.
"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.
Cho was joined by other cast members of Star Trek Beyond in Australia this week as they kick off promotions for the upcoming film, released in theatres on July 21.
The film has been cast under a dark shadow after one of its young stars, Anton Yelchin, was tragically killed after he was crushed by his car in Los Angeles last month.
This incarnation of the Trek franchise is causing waves and buzz is that it will be the biggest box office smash yet for the iconic movie series.