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Famous 'Star Trek' character 'Hikara Suku' to play gay in next outing

Updated: Jul 22, 2016 19:35 IST

London, July 22 (ANI):The upcoming outing of 'Star Trek' franchise is set to portray one of its popular characters Hikara Sulu as a homosexual.

This move is taken to pay tribute to George Takei, the gay actor who played Gene Roddenberry's creation in the original series, reports The Independent.

However, Takei expressing his concern over the modifications said, "Unfortunately, it's a twisting of Gene [Roddenberry]'s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it's really unfortunate."

On the other hand, John Cho, who will be portraying Hikara Sulu in the 'Star Trek Beyond,' also stated that he had doubts as to how Takei would respond to the tweak of the character.

"My primary concern was that I was wondering how George [Takei] would feel because he's a gay actor that played a straight part and crafted a straight character. I didn't want him to feel that we had reduced him to his sexuality by sort of borrowing this bit, if you will, from his life," he said in an Interview with Vulture.

"And his opinion was important to me, I would have rather had him support the decision than not, so I wanted to reach out to him," added the 44-year-old actor.

The movie featuring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Idris Elba will hit screens on July 22.(ANI)