The movie industry has been criticized for years for failing to provide meaty roles for women. So where does that leave women of color?
According to Entertainment Weekly, on the outside looking in.
In a scathing article published published in May, the magazine questioned why a beautiful, talented, Yale School of Drama graduate like Nyong’o can’t find meaningful work.
It’s worthwhile to revisit it’s premise.
Her most recent role, the article noted was a bit part as a flight attendant in “Non-Stop,” an action film starring Liam Neeson.
Her next role is shaping up to be the mother wolf in the remake of Disney classic, “The Jungle Book.”
That’s actually not a shabby part; Scarlett Johansson was reportedly in talks to star in the movie as well.
But the question remains. Are producers, executives and casting agents passing over her for lead roles because of her looks?
It’s not that African-American actresses can’t carry a movie or television series. Halle Berry is starring in a new CBS series “Extant” and Olivia Pope stars in “Scandal,” one of the highest-rate shows on television.
But is Nyong’o considered too “African?”
She was born in Mexico City, although her parents are Kenyan and members of the Luo tribe. Her father was a visiting lecturer in political science at El Colegio de México in Mexico City when she was born.
Nyong’o and her family moved back to the Kenya when she was an infant, and she was raised in Africa.
Whether Entertainment Weekly’s criticism of Hollywood holds up remains to be seen. But so far, Nyong’o has had no shortage of work.
She’ll appear in the upcoming drama “Southpaw,” about the fight game, directed by Antoine Fuqua. It also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Victor Ortiz and Miguel Gomez.
The Weinstein Company distributing the film, according to deadline.com.
She’s also being cast in a role for the upcoming reboot of “Star Wars.”
In the end, her problem may be the same facing all actresses, a lack of meaningful roles.
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