The new Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery, will feature an astromycologist named Lt. Stamets. The character is gay, a first for a new character on the show that famously — and boldly — goes where no man has gone before. (The last Star Wars film made Mr. Sulu gay, but this will be the first originally gay character.) The actor playing Lt. Stamets, the excellent Anthony Rapp, isn’t going anywhere new in being gay — he’s a proud gay man. Outer space, however, is a new frontier for Rapp.
But the 45-year-old former star of the influential Rent on Broadway isn’t scared of heights. He has a long acting resume marked by innovative work like both the stage and film versions of John Guare’s tremendous Six Degrees of Separation. In other words, Rapp has a way of getting himself cast in progressive, thought-provoking work. Once again, with the Lt. Stamets, Rapp is in character.
So proud to be a part of this journey. I’m a longtime fan and super geek of the highest order. https://t.co/WCO3ulM7Gm
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) November 29, 2016