Faran Tahir, a Pakistani-American Actor, as the New Starship Captain in Star Trek

OH. MY. ALLAH.

Faran Tahir

Faran Tahir

Remember the terrorist in Iron Man? (Ugh, wa! anguish) Well, he’s got a proud role to uphold this time around:

Faran Tahir, a Pakistani-American actor, has the distinction of playing Captain Robau, the first Federation starship captain of South Asian ethnicity to play a major role, in J.J. Abrams’  Star Trek.

And although the series has been always awesome in having people of different ethnicities on film, I can’t help but be enthusiastic about a South Asian (that will probably be confused as Middle Eastern half the time) having a positive, main role on film.

You can read the full interview with (Spoilers! and) Faran Tahir here.

Other notable highlights in the film John Cho (OMG, an Asian American? Finally!) does an admirable job as Hikaru Sulu. I’ve also heard Freda Foh Shen, Kelvin Yu and Reggie Lee are in it too.

Can’t wait to see this.

Final note: we need more diveristy on film.

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2 Comments

  1. Other notable highlights in the film John Cho (OMG, an Asian American? Finally!)

    Finally an Asian-American in Star Trek? Uhm, George Takei, anyone?

    • haha, it was general comment to the film industry. TV always seems more up to date comparatively to hollywood. but yes, Star Trek has always done a great job with racial and gender representation.


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