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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY

airing on CBS All Access this fall.

Superstar date: September 24, 2017. That’s when Sonequa Martin-Green, already famous for playing defiant Sasha Williams on The Walking Dead, makes her debut as the hero in fall’s most-touted new television opus, Star Trek: Discovery. The prequel comes with intimidating cred: esteemed co-stars (Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, Jason Isaacs, Mary Wiseman, Shazad Latif, James Frain, Anthony Rapp, and Rainn Wilson) and wowza special effects.

Even more notably, as Michael Burnham— the First Officer of the galaxyhopping, peace-defending spaceship U.S.S. Shenzhou—Martin-Green is making history as the first woman of color to top-line the high-flying sci-fi franchise since it first aired in 1966. Another Trekkie-stirring first: The woman happens to count a certain Vulcan named Spock as a brother!

Such hubbub is compounded by the fact that Martin-Green, 32, and actor-husband Kenric Green welcomed son Kenric Justin Green II in January 2015. Carrying a bigbudget show while tending to a child and a cultlike fan base? You’d normally have to go to Venus for that kind of pressure.

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