I am convinced that some in Hollywood think that they are living in 1955 instead of 2015.
The trailer for the latest Peter Pan adaptation, Pan, has been released.
In this adaptation Tiger Lily is played by Rooney Mara. Ms. Mara is Caucasian.
I am sure that she is a talented performer, but I am also sure that there are Native American performers who are just as capable and talented.
Even NBC, when they were casting for last year’s Peter Pan Live saw the light and cast a Native American performer in the same role.
I understand that it is called show business for a reason. The studios are at the end of the day, looking to make a profit. That means they may be more inclined to choose a known performer with a proven track record over an unknown.
But what message do they send when Hollywood continually casts a Caucasian performer in a non-Caucasian role?
It’s not 1955. It’s 2015. It’s time to stop giving the majority of roles to Caucasian actors and open the door to greater opportunities to non-Caucasian actors.