Actor John Cho poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "Star Trek Beyond" in London, Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
Now Pegg has hit back saying it was important to represent the LGBT community in the "most inclusive, tolerant universe in science fiction" without making a big deal of introducing a "gay character". Roddenberry died in 1991.
Joining Pegg, Boutella, Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto are Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, the late Anton Yelchin, John Cho and Idris Elba as Krall.
'You need the dark and the light, you need the opposites, you need debate and you need to move forward through debate and I think Jeremy is just standing up for shit and I have got to respect that'.
Takei portrayed Sulu in the original 1960s TV series and has come out against the creative decision as, in his opinion, it goes against franchise creator Gene Roddenberry's vision.
He told The Hollywood Reporter that he thought the character had been altered and would have preferred the film-makers to create a new gay character. It's been fantastic. The debate has never been about whether there should be an LGBT character in "Star Trek", it's been about who it should be, whether it should be a new character or an existing character.
In a statement released to The Guardian newspaper on Friday (08.07.16), Pegg said: "I have huge love and respect for George Takei, his heart, courage and humour are an inspiration". "I can understand why he feels strongly about it".
Paramount Pictures has released a new featurette for Star Trek Beyond, focusing on the film's main villain, Krall. Star Trek's Nero acted against Spock and the Federation when they couldn't save his home world, which led to the creation of this franchise's alternate reality in the first place.
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