Another major Star Trek: Discovery casting announcement may have slipped past the public relations department of CBS … and this time, it could have some serious implications to one of television’s top-rated shows.
Entertainment Weekly reporter James Hibberd says he has the name of the actual lead for the CBS All Access series, and it’s none other than one of the stars of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Sonequa Martin-Green.
The casting ends (a) meticulous search to find the ideal actress to anchor the eagerly anticipated new CBS All Access drama. Martin-Green will play a lieutenant commander on the Discovery.
And yes, you’ve read that right. The star of Discovery is not going to be a captain (or in Avery Brooks case on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, an almost-captain) but instead a lieutenant commander. The rank held by the likes of Data and Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hoshi Sato in Star Trek: Enterprise and even Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series.
But who is Martin-Green? She has played Sasha Williams in Walking Dead since 2012. The character first appeared on the AMC series in its third season, a former firefighter out of Jacksonville, Florida, who is close to her older brother Tyreese, played by Chad Coleman.
Williams becomes romantically involved with Abraham Ford, played by Michael Cudlitz who … well, let’s just say he’s no longer on the show, in case you’re a little behind on your Walking Dead episodes.
At least up to this point, Williams is still alive. So could this casting news speak about the future of Martin-Green’s involvement with the series? Entertainment Weekly suggests the filming of both Walking Dead and Discovery will not overlap, and it is only a short flight from Atlanta to Toronto. In fact, it’s expected she’ll remain a series regular.
That now leaves a good majority of the major cast announced for Discovery, which begins filming in late winter, and is set for a May premiere both on CBS and the network’s subscription streaming service, CBS All Access.
The Alabama-born Martin Green got her first television break in 2008 on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and then moved on to a small recurring role in Army Wives on Lifetime in 2009.
Later that same year, she landed a recurring role on the CBS series The Good Wife as Courtney Wells, a paralegal who also was the office assistant for Alicia Florrick, the title character played by Julianna Marguiles. Interestingly enough, a spin-off of The Good Wife, called The Good Fight, replaced Discovery as the first scripted series to debut on CBS All Access after the Star Trek series was bumped back to May.
Martin-Green also appeared on ABC’s Once Upon a Time as Tamara in 2013.
The Walking Dead aired its winter finale Dec. 11, and will continue its seventh season Feb. 12. That season will end in early April, ahead of when Martin-Green would appear in Discovery.
CBS has not confirmed this casting news, so for now it should be treated as any rumor would.
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