Sonequa Martin-Green Cast As Lead In 'Star Trek: Discovery'

Sonequa Martin-Green is the first black woman to lead a "Star Trek" series.

They made it so!

Sonequa Martin-Green, known for playing Sasha Williams on the hit AMC show "The Walking Dead," has been cast as the lead in "Star Trek: Discovery," according to Entertainment Weekly.

Martin-Green will play a lieutenant commander on the Discovery, according to EW, although as of press time, there are no further details on her character, including her name. Will she be a Klingon? A Romulan? A Bajoran? A Vulcan? A human? Only time will tell!

Sonequa Martin-Green will play a lieutenant commander on the Discovery. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)

But fans of "The Walking Dead" character don't have to worry about Sasha being killed off any time soon (at least, we hope not): the 31-year-old actress will continue to be a series regular in the zombie drama.

"Star Trek: Discovery," premieres on CBS All Access in May 2017, with a 13-episode first season.

According to TVLine, the first season "follows an incident in the history of Starfleet that other series/movies in the franchise have touched on but never fully explored."

Former executive producer Bryan Fuller told the website "Discovery" will tell "that story through a character who is on a journey that is going to teach her how to get along with others in the galaxy."

The news of Martin-Green's casting is an exciting one because it's a big step towards more diversity on TV — the actress is the first African-American woman to lead a "Star Trek" series.

"Discovery" is shaping up to have a diverse cast, featuring the franchise's first openly gay character, a lieutenant played by Anthony Rapp, as well as "Crouching Tiger" star Michelle Yeoh as a Starfleet captain and African-American actor Chris Obi and English-Pakistani actor Shazad Latif as Klingons.

Michelle Yeoh has been cast as a Starfleet captain. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)

"Star Trek started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast... we’re continuing that tradition,” Fuller told reporters in August. "We wanted to paint a picture of Starfleet that’s indicative of encountering people who are much more different than we are.”

Fuller also explained why "Discovery's" lead isn't a captain — at least not yet.

"We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view," he explained. "To see a character from a [new] perspective on the starship — one who has different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context."

So, who else is excited for "Star Trek: Discovery"?

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