[Ed. – He has a point. Honor Roddenberry’s original vision, and bring in a gay character another way. John de Lancie’s Q always seemed like a natural choice… (smirk emoji) although of course a recurring character on the Federation starship crew would be what the producers are looking for.]
Actor John Cho, who plays Sulu in the updated films, revealed in an interview Thursday that Beyond screenwriter Simon Pegg and director Justin Lin decided to make the character gay as a tribute to Takei, who came out in 2005 after having hidden his sexuality for decades and has since become a prominent LGBT activist.
Cho said the film will reveal Sulu to be in a committed relationship with a man, and the two will have a daughter.
But in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Takei, 79, said that he was disappointed to learn of the change.
“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” the actor told the Hollywood Reporter. “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of [Star Trek creator] Gene [Roddenberry]’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”
Takei told the outlet that he requested the filmmaking team create a new character in the franchise who could be gay, instead of Sulu.