It seems to be that recently there’s been a lot of fuss about roles that were for/interpreted as being for white people being played by black people.
The ones that come to mind were Johnny Storm being played by Micheal B Jordan in Fantastic Four and, more recently, the talk of Idris Elba being talked about for both James Bond and Roland Deschain in the Dark Tower movies.
Now the latest is actress Noma Dumezweni who will be playing Hermione Granger in the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; the issue of course is that Hermione has so far been portrayed as white on the book covers and when played in the movies by Emma Watson
However, with all the negative reposnse to her casting, the actress has responded in a very classy way: “It stems from ignorance,” she says.
“They don’t want to be a part of the creative act. To say it’s not as it was intended is so unimaginative, I don’t think they understand how theatre works. We’re here to heal you, make you smile and whisk you away.
“The only question we should ask is ‘Are they good?’ I’ve met great actors black and white and I’ve met bad actors black and white.”
Her response is very measured and much more restrained than perhaps she was entitled to be.
We look forward to seeing her as Hermione (if we ever get tickets)… what about you guys?
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, a story spread out over two separate plays, will arrive in London’s Palace Theatre in July, and will follow the adventures of of Harry and Ginny Weasley’s youngest son, Albus.