Danai Gurira is reportedly looking at Star Trek 4 role. The Walking Dead actress has been a consistent fan-favorite on AMC's zombie drama as Michonne, and she's shown off her comedic range with her fierce yet playful turn as Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Black Panther.
Gurira's role of Okoye saw her TWD character momentarily sidelined to provide time for filming. Michonne may very well have to sit out a few more battles because Gurira is looking to add a couple more huge franchises to her already impressive resume. This all comes at a rather unfortunate time for AMC, as several long-running TWD actors have recently left, or are planning on leaving the series, including Rick Grimes himself, Andrew Lincoln.
Deadline reports that Gurira may be closing in on a role in the upcoming Star Trek film. Anonymous sources have claimed the actress is interested in such a role. The fourth installment to rebooted the Star Trek film franchise will be a rather historic one, seeing director S.J. Clarkson has signed on to become the first female director in the franchise's history. All of this comes on top of the recent news that Gurira is in early talks to join Godzilla vs Kong, alongside Millie Bobbie Brown and Kyle Chandler.
If she takes the role, she'll be put back in the same universe as her former TWD co-star Sonequa Martin-Green. The former Sasha actress stars as the first African-American captain in the streaming series, Star Trek: Discovery, which takes place in the Prime universe timeline of the original Star Trek TV series, a timeline separate from J.J. Abrams' Kelvin timeline. It's unclear what role Gurira would have in the upcoming sequel, but given her recent roles, it's hard to imagine it being small.
Gurira would no doubt be pleased with the historic steps being taken in the Star Trek franchise in the name of diversity. The actress has confirmed her intentions with Okoye were to present a strong warrior who was nothing but proud of her Wakandan roots. Taking a step further into the real world, Gurira has expressed her gratitude for the "really thrilling" representation being shown in the MCU. The actress admitted she feels very lucky to be able to benefit from the struggles past actors went through to achieve such a breakthrough. That's something that could very well continue if she closes a deal to star in Star Trek 4, which would be the first major casting announcement regarding the new film.