WANTED: A Black Actress to Play a Black Character

by Racialicious Special Correspondent Latoya Peterson

While flying through the blogosphere, I happened upon a quick newsbyte from Willow_Dot_Com:

Angelina Jolie has been tapped to play The Fox in a movie version of Mark Millar’s WANTED. Fox in the comics is a brown female play off of DC’s Catwoman. She’s sleek, she’s smooth, she’s a jewel thief and her ex-boyfriend is ‘The Detective’. But with Angelina Jolie playing her, she’ll no longer be a sistah.

What?

I went to research this (since I am way more familar with manga than American comics), but the AfroGeeks blog had me covered.

In this post Afrogeek offers up their own theory of how casting went down:

Step 1, Mark Millar, bad ass comic book man puts out a bad ass super villain comic called Wanted, a few years ago. It was super dope. Main female villain is a Catwoman knock off dyed bronze named The Fox. Hot like fire and black, or at least Puerto Rican, right? Like a young Eartha Kitt. So how come Angelina Jolie has the part in the movie? What the hell is going on Hollywood? She is not black! And I know its some pasty faced producer in some high class Hollywood hotel suite snorting enough blow to kill an elephant that lifts his head up right before he has a heart attack and says “Hey guys, Fuck a black chick, they have too much attitude anyway. How about we get Angelina Jolie? She was like Tomb Raider.” That shit for brains passes out but his coca induced fantasy lives on. Can you leave the good black parts for the good black actors. Or at least stop making bad black actors play good white roles (See the Kingpin in the Daredevil movie to know what I’m talking about.)

When I read the inital posting from Willow_Dot_Com, my mouth fell open – because didn’t a commenter (thanks nsekuye!) tip us off to a quote from a MSNBC Interview that says:

“I know that people are frustrated at the lack of great roles [for people of color], but I think they’ve picked the wrong example here,” Jolie says.

Okay, so if a Mighty Heart was the wrong example, what is the deal with this role?

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