"Star Trek Beyond" co-screenwriter and co-star Simon Pegg has explained the reasoning behind writing one of the franchise's beloved original characters, Hikaru Sulu, as a gay man with a male partner in the upcoming film.
George Takei, the openly gay "Star Trek" actor who originated the Sulu character in the 1960s television series and later played him in six films, called the move "really unfortunate" in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Pegg, who portrays Scotty in the new film, told The Guardian in a statement, "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."