Casting castigated: Gods Of Egypt Casting

Published: November 29, 2015

Casting castigated: Gods Of Egypt Casting, Selma director Ava DuVernay took time out today to Tweet her responses to Friday’s post about the conspicuously non-diverse casting of Gods Of Egypt, and Lionsgate and Alex Proyas’ uncharacteristically quick public acknowledgement of the matter.

This kind of apology never happens – for something that happens all the time. An unusual occurrence worth noting.

— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) November 28, 2015

GODS OF EGYPT makes me value Abrams’ STAR WARS choices more. Makes me cheer more for Coogler’s CREED. We all deserve icons in our own image.

— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) November 28, 2015

PREVIOUSLY, 12:18PM Friday: Both Lionsgate and the director of its upcoming Gods Of Egypt have apologized for the film’s much-disparaged casting, with Lionsgate releasing a statement, first reported by Forbes today, conceding that the company “failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity.”

Alex Proyas’ film about mortals and gods of ancient Egypt stars Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Rufus Sewell and Geoffrey Rush and opens February 26. Last week, following the release of a trailer, Deadline’s Ross A. Lincoln wrote that “based on the statuary and monuments that have survived, not to mention thousands of years of other cultures commenting on them, [ancient Egyptians] definitely weren’t white people with flowing, curly blond locks, and their gods were definitely not Europeans. To me, casting here stands out like a sore thumb leftover from 1950s Hollywood.”


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