Sherman Alexie Adaptation Will Cast Native Americans

We recently wrote that Hugh Jackman would be cast in the adaptation of Sherman Alexie‘s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Jackman is set to have a supporting role in the film and the pick had a lot of us wondering if Hollywood would be faithful to the rest of the cast. It is no secret that whitewashing movies have been a thing and recently with the announcement of a live-action Mulan and now Alexie’s novel, we have been crossing our fingers for the big wigs in Hollywood to do us a solid. 

Here’s an excerpt from Bustle on Hollywood: 

“In the top 600 movies from 2007 to 2013, less than 1 percent of the speaking roles belonged to indigenous characters. Given Hollywood’s long history of whitewashing, which stretches from Rock Hudson in Winchester ’73 to Emma Stone in Aloha, it’s likely that those meagre roles weren’t even given to Native Americans and Pacific Islanders in the first place.

Hollywood’s whitewashing problems came to a head last year, when Native American actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s Netflix Original Movie, The Ridiculous 6, protesting the script’s so-called “Native American” names — which included “Beaver Breath,” “No Bra,” and “Sits-on-Face” — and the costuming department’s refusal to distinguish between Comanche and Apache. A Navajo actress who took her concerns to the film’s producer’s was told, “If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave.” They did.”

Thankfully, Alexie announced that the adaptation of his novel “is going to be culturally authentic.” That means casting a Native American protagonist, which is a huge, positive step for film. 


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