By Guest Contributor Keith Chow, cross-posted from The Nerds Of Color
Earlier this week, Lucasfilm announced the addition of two more actors to the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. We do not yet know who the two relatively unknown actors — Pip Anderson, who’s British, and Crystal Clarke, who’s African American — will play in the movie, but I’m guessing their roles must be substantial enough to warrant a press release about their casting. If their characters are indeed prominent, Clarke will join John Boyega and Lupita Nyong’o in making this “the blackest Star Wars ever.”
Still, every time breaking Star Wars casting news comes across my feed, there’s always one name that I hope to see in the headlines:Ming-Na Wen.
Excerpted by Latoya Peterson
I asked her if she’s comfortable with the way Crank 2 portrays Asian people, since its main villain is Hu Dong, a 100-year-old Chinese gangster. She responded, “I don’t consider myself an Asian actress or an Asian American actress. I’m just one of the creatures in the world, happy to have the gift as an actress [who's] working.” People might point out that a lot of actors from Asia or Eastern Europe play prostitutes or “somebody’s girlfriend,” but “a lot them in real life are.” So there’s nothing wrong with showing it. And there’s no point in having a lot of anger, or being caught up with criticizing one aspect of a movie. “There is a Chinese mafia, and they do a lot of bad things. So it’s fine for this film to show that. It’s their choice.”
—Bai Ling on her new movie Crank 2, from an interview on io9.com
(Thanks Jason for the tip!)