COULD ANGELA BASSETT BE STAR TREK’S NEXT STARFLEET CAPTAIN? #CAPTAINANGELABASSETT - By IRA HOBBS

 

Queen mother Angela Bassett is a collective community favorite on the small and silver screens, playing some of our all-time favorite characters. Thanks to Bryan Fuller’s announcement as show runner for the new Star Trek television series reboot, the esteemed actress might be the franchise’s second black woman to playa Starfleet captain. Madge Sinclair was the first woman and black actor on screen as captain of the USS Saratoga. The show will be available on CBS All Access, the network’s online streaming service, in 2017.

Fuller is no stranger to the Star Trek universe. At the beginning of his TV career, one of his first gigs was writing episodes for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He then moved on to the Voyagerseries. A true fan of the show growing up, Fuller told EW, “My very first experience of Star Trek is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls…It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand-new iteration of Star Trek with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before.”

Fuller, creator of Hannibal and Pushing Daisies, is a hire that the Trekkie community is excited about because of his passion for the show and it’s possibilities. Casting for Star Trek has not been announced, although he says Bassett would be his pick.

During an interview in 2013 he shared his idea of a dream cast for a Star Trekshow. “I want Angela Bassett to be the captain, that’s who I would love to have, you know Captain Angela Bassett and First Officer Rosario Dawson. I would love to do that version of the show but that’s in the future to be told.”


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The blerd Trekkie community is crossing their fingers that Fuller hasn’t forgotten his dream now that he’s landed the position, starting the hashtag #CaptainAngelaBassett.

Time will only tell whether Bassett will be recording captain’s logs on her own starship in 2017. It never hurts to dream, and “fancasts” are making more of an impact than ever in the age of social media.

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Comment by Al Ways on February 25, 2016 at 8:15pm

Having Ms Basset PORTRAYING a captain on a star ship would be super-dope!

Comment by Ms. Regina Owens on February 14, 2016 at 5:20pm

INDEED! Hollywood has tossed its star fleet's hat in the ring.

Comment by G.H. Wright on February 13, 2016 at 12:11pm
That would be amazing. Although she would be the third, Debra Wilson of MADTv fame, voiced a shipwrecked starship captain,Benjamin Sisko attempted to rescue. And let's not forget Penny Johnson as the skipper of the civilian vessel the Xhosa (but I assume we're talking about Starfleet vessels only).
Comment by Wayne Kelly on February 13, 2016 at 7:59am

The role will be fitting to her calibur. 

Comment by Mona Lisa on February 12, 2016 at 9:18pm

It just feels so right!

Comment by Miriam Ruff on February 12, 2016 at 9:39am

I would love to see Bassett in the captain's chair. I've always appreciated the quality of her acting, no matter whether it was on TV or in the movies. Let's hope Fuller's dream will become a reality. Make it so!!

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