Star Trek: Discovery will introduce fans to First Officer Michael Burnham, played by former The Walking Dead star Sonequa Martin-Green, a character whose role on the series has been a mystery to date. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Martin-Green shared some new details on her character while showrunner Aaron Harberts praised her performance as the First Officer.
Revealed to be the first human to attend the Vulcan Learning Center as a child before joining the Vulcan Science Academy, Burnham will have a relationship with Spock’s father Sarek. Martin-Green discussed the inner journey Burnham will experience on the show:
“I’m the first officer on the U.S.S. Shenzhou that is captained by Captain Philippa Georgiou, who is played by the amazing Michelle Yeoh. I have an inner war and it’s a journey of self discovery and finding out what it means to be alive, to be human, to be a Starfleet officer, what it means to be a hero.”
Harberts praised Martin-Green’s performance and explained why she won the role over others who had auditioned for the part:
“We read a lot of people and they either went way too robotic or and chilly or way too emotional. What’s beautiful about Sonequa’s performance is she’s capable of playing two, three, four things at once. She’s got such a great command of her craft, she’s able to be aloof but warm; logical but able to surrender her emotional side to the audience.”
Martin-Green explained how Burnham’s inner conflict will be relatable to audiences:
“I have the Vulcan conflict in my life from Sarek and Amanda so there’s always going to be that inner conflict with me. But I think it’s relatable because we all have some kind of inner conflict going on — who we are versus who we present ourselves to be. There’s a lot to be discovered.”
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Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, Terry Serpico as Anderson, Maulik Pancholy as Nambue, James Frain as Sarek, Doug Jones as Saru, Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou, Anthony Rapp as Stamets, Chris Obi as T’Kuvma, Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Tyler, Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, Jason Isaacs as Lorca, Mary Wiseman as Tilly, Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd, Clare McConnell as Dennas, Damon Runyan as Ujilli and Kenneth Mitchell as Kol.
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m ET/PT on CBS with the following fourteen episodes set to follow exclusively on the CBS All Access streaming service weekly.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.”