Two new actors have been added to Star Trek: Discovery‘s growing roster. A non-binary character and transgender character will soon grace our screens. Blu del Barrio and Ian Alexander will portray Adira and Gray, respectively. The CBS All Access series will bring del Barrio and Alexander into the fold for Season Three, as reported by Deadline.
Now, Star Trek: Discovery will mark del Barrio’s screen acting debut. Adira, like del Barrio, is also non-binary. They’re described as a “highly intelligent officer with a confidence and assurance well beyond their years.” They will find camaraderie aboard the USS Discovery and form a lasting bond with Lt. Commander Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz).
Alexander’s transgender character Gray is noted as “empathetic, warm, and eager to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a Trill host.” However, his life will take an unexpected turn, which will force Gray to adapt.
Star Trek: Discovery also boasts a same-sex married couple with Stamets and Culber. Additionally, Sonequa Martin-Green‘s Michael Burnham marks the first woman of color to lead a Stark Trek property in the franchise. Inclusivity has played a critical role in Gene Roddenberry‘s iconic and epic sci-fi.
Del Barrio utilizes they/them pronouns. They were studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art when they snagged the role of Adira. Alexander also uses they/them as well as he/him pronouns. You may recognize him from Netflix’s The OA and the video game The Last of Us Part II.
This is fantastic news, in my humble opinion. Star Trek has always been a bastion of inclusion, so here’s hoping this move will catalyze other shows to follow suit. Welcome aboard, Blu del Barrio and Ian Alexander!
Star Trek: Discovery will beam us up on October 15th for a 13-episode season.
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