In the newly announced “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” there seems to be a minor flaw. The film doesn’t have many black characters. The film’s casting seems to include only white characters. Even Chinese and Hispanics are missing in action in the cast announced. When asked why this was so, J.K. Rowling was quick to say that the entire cast has not been announced yet.
In a world, where representation matters, and people are still looking at films as a way to fight racial discrimination, it is a given that a much hyped film will draw ire if it doesn’t have enough black or Asian representation. The newly announced J.K. Rowling adaptation, “Fantastic Beasts” doesn’t have anybody black, Hispanic, or Chinese in the cast and people are dissappointed to know that a fun film like this one will not have any people of color.
The new film will be set in the 1920s New York and will have Newt Scamander as the protagonist. The movie has been cast with some big award-winning stars. Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell are going to be starring along with young stars like Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, and Ezra Miller. But strangely, there are no black actors in the film. And this has got tongues wagging and the tinsel town talking.
When asked why the films lacks in black representation, the writer, J.K. Rowling revealed that every body is not white. She went on to say that the audience should perhaps wait until they see the movie to judge? “It is a trilogy and all the characters have not been revealed or cast yet.” She told the asker emphatically.
If J.K. Rowling is right, then film may have some black characters that haven’t been casted in the roles as yet. This is quite possible as New York in the 1920s did have a lot of black people. We would like to wait and see what the movie turns out to be like before we pass judgement.
Science Fiction reported the news first.
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