In the upcoming film Star Trek Beyond, Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise is revealed to be gay.
According to Australia's Herald Sun, Sulu, who is played by John Cho, is seen in the film raising a daughter with his same-sex partner.
Beyond is the third film in the movie franchise rebooted by JJ Abrams in 2009.
Cho and cast mates Chris Pines, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban and director Justin Lin were in Sydney to promote Beyond.
Cho said that the decision to make Sulu gay was a nod to George Takei. Takei played the character in the original CBS series. He came out gay in 2005 and three years later married Brad Altman in California.
“I liked the approach,” Cho said, “which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one's personal orientations.”
Star Trek Beyond premieres July 22 in the United States.