Director J.J. Abrams says that for the upcoming Star Trek sequel, he’d consider taking the franchise where it’s never been before.
“You know what’s funny? As someone who was never a huge Star Trek fan and I didn’t watch the shows. And my experience with the movie was the first in the series and then watching and re-watching some of the movies that I’ve seen. I’m frankly shocked that in the history of Star Trek there have never been gay characters in all the series. In Deep Space Nine and all the Enterprises that that’s never come up,” he tells After Elton.
The web site spoke to screenwriters Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman about it, and they responded that they “were open to the idea, but had no plans to include a gay character as of yet.”
Abrams went on to add that if a decision for a gay character was made, he’d want it to be done in a way that organically worked for the story and didn’t feel like it was brought in just to make a statement.
Fans of the novels may recall that Ensign Hawk from Star Trek: First Contact was featured in a tie-in novel in which it was revealed he was gay. There have also been several same-sex couples in various Trek tie-in novels over the years.