CBS All Access has announced that Star Trek Discovery season 3 will introduce the first non-binary and transgender characters in the history of the franchise. CBS says this is part of their "ongoing commitment to Gene Roddenberry's original vision of celebrating diversity and inclusion." Blu del Barrio and Ian Alexander will be boarding the ensemble as Adria and Gray, respectively.
The show's new non-binary character is Adira, played by Blu del Barrio. Adira is described as "highly intelligent with a confidence and self-assurance well beyond their years." Adira will find a new home aboard the U.S.S. Discovery while forming an unexpected bond with Lt. Commander Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz). Meanwhile, the first transgender character is Gray. Played by Ian Alexander, Gray is described as "empathetic, warm and eager to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a Trill host, but he will have to adapt when his life takes an unexpected turn." Michelle Paradise, co-showrunner and executive producer, had this to say about it in a statement.
"Star Trek has always made a mission of giving visibility to underrepresented communities because it believes in showing people that a future without division on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation is entirely within our reach. We take pride in working closely with Blu del Barrio, Ian Alexander, and Nick Adams at GLAAD to create the extraordinary characters of Adira and Gray, and bring their stories to life with empathy, understanding, empowerment and joy."
Blu del Barrio is a non-binary actor who uses they/them pronouns. Del Barrio was in their final year of studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art when auditioning for the role of Adira. Del Barrio has been acting for a long time, having been working in theater and on short films since the age of 7. Ian Alexander is a 19-year-old actor who uses they/them and he/him pronouns. Alexander previously starred as Buck Vu on Netflix's The OA, in addition to voicing Lev in The Last of Us Part II. Alexander will become the first out transgender Asian-American person to act on television. Alexander is also an advocate for transgender equality, racial justice and mental health awareness for LGBTQ+ youth.
The cast for Star Trek: Discovery season 3 also includes Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Commander Saru), Mary Wiseman (Ensign Sylvia Tilly), David Ajala (Cleveland "Book" Booker) and Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou). The third season sees the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery in an unknown future far from the home they once knew. They are living in a time brimming with uncertainty and, along with the help of some new friends, must work together to restore hope to the Federation.
Star Trek: Discovery season 3 is set to return on October 15 on CBS All Access. New episodes of the show will be available weekly on Thursdays. Season 3 consists of 13 episodes in total. This news comes to us via StarTrek.com.