Amazon defends the diversity of the cast of its series from the “Lord of the Rings”

‘There aren’t just white people in Middle-earth’: the Amazon group has defended the casting of its big-budget series inspired by Lord of the Rings, in the face of criticism over the choice of actors from diverse backgrounds, which they believe would distort Tolkien’s work.

Since the broadcast of the first two episodes of this series, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”, on which Amazon has bet more than a billion dollars for at least five seasons, social networks are teeming with protests from Internet users. and fans of JRR Tolkien on a supposed “forced diversity” in the choice of characters and a betrayal of the original work, because several roles are entrusted to black or Hispanic people.

This is the case of the dwarf princess Disa, played by Sophia Nomvete.

Other Internet users see it as a welcome development.

The choice was also defended by Amazon via a tweet from the official account of the series broadcast on the group’s Prime Video platform.

“JRR Tokien has created a world that, by definition, is multicultural. A world in which free people of different races and cultures come together, in brotherhood, to defeat the forces of evil. This is what + The Rings of Power +”, commented the actors Wednesday evening on the Twitter account of the series.

“There are not only white people in our world, there are not only white people in + fantasy +, there are not only white people in Middle-earth”, the world inspired by the Middle Ages in which the story of Tolkien takes place, in which the characters are hobbits, elves or dwarves.

This is not the first time that a production has had to justify itself after making room for roles from diversity. In June, actor Ewan McGregor defended the presence of Moses Ingram, a black actress, in the casting of the series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” from the Star Wars franchise on Disney +.

Since 2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton has had great success on Broadway and throughout the United States, staging the 18th century American Revolution with hip-hop songs and actors from the diversity to embody the country’s founding fathers, like George Washington.

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