I wish it were as simple as saying that The Jungle Book is set in India, with Indian characters, and should be played by Indian actors. Apparently not.
I wrote an article about the casting of People of Colour in Hollywood...particularly Disney. Disney released the cast press images for the 2016 film version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, a film that boasts a majority non-Indian cast. Why is the continued error in black and brown casting acceptable? Is it okay to substitute one person of colour for another?
Read the full article via gal-dem here.