Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto Respond to George Takei in the Gay Sulu 'Star Trek' Debate

Why Pegg and other screenwriters felt a gay Sulu was the right choice.

Pegg said, "[Director] Justin Lin, [co-writer] Doug Jung and I loved the idea of [the gay character] being someone we already knew because the audience has a pre-existing opinion of that character as a human being, unaffected by any prejudice."

Takei also expressed concern that an openly gay Sulu isn't true to creator Gene Roddenberry's vision for the character.

But Pegg said, "I don't believe Gene Roddenberry's decision to make the prime timeline's Enterprise crew straight was an artistic one — more a necessity of the time."

Quinto added, "My hope is that eventually George can be strengthened by the enormously positive response from, especially, young people who are heartened by and inspired by this really tasteful and beautiful portrayal of something that I think is gaining acceptance and inclusion in our societies across the world."

"Star Trek Beyond" opens July 22.