Simon Pegg might be known for his comedy and his acting, but he is indeed a serious writer. And when he was tasked with developing what would become “Star Trek: Beyond,” it was a job he took quite seriously.
It’s not just finding the right story, and knowing the characters. But Pegg had to understand the new universe J.J. Abrams created with the 2009 “Star Trek” film, and how that played into the rest of Trek canon. And how even if Hikaru Sulu wasn’t gay in what is now known as the “prime universe,” how he could indeed have his sexuality adjusted in “Beyond.”
“With the Kelvin timeline,” as CBS and Paramount are now calling the AbramsVerse, “we are not entirely beholden to existing canon,” Pegg shared on his official website. “This is an alternate reality and, as such is full of new and alternate possibilities.”
Those possibilities were created when the Romulan Nero jumped back into time and destroyed the USS Kelvin, which James Kirk’s father George served as XO. Although it’s likely that this particular incident happened before Sulu was born (it’s not actually clear if Kirk is older than Sulu), it’s still hard to imagine how the introduction of a future Romulan ship would somehow change someone’s sexuality.