fan-freakin-tastic reblogged your post Roma Downey, Rachel Brosnahan, and Cot… and added:
#COTEEEES #SIDE NOT WHY IS EVERYONE BUT COTE WHITE? CUZ THIS IS SPOSED TO BE SET IN ISRAEL 2000 YRS AGO#THEY DEFO DID NOT HAVE RED HAIR…. #COTE DE PABLO #AND OTHERS
The lady in the middle is the producer. Rachel Brosnahan on the right looks exactly like her character is described in the book, which, yes, was red-haired and freckled. The rest of the cast, as far as it has been announced yet, looks pretty much non-white and extremely perfect and spot on for their corresponding roles.
Aziza’s actress is white, and we can assume then that Nahara will be as well. :/ Which is especially jarring to me, given that they’re described as very dark-skinned in the book. And the “standard” that their complexion is darker than isn’t even white either; when we meet Wynn, he’s so pale that everyone thinks he looks inhuman.
More importantly, is anyone in the cast Jewish? Given that the producers are the same people who made Son of God, I’m afraid that they’re going to Christianize the story, as a way to almost sell The Dovekeepers as a sequel. (ie, I suspect that the Essenes are going to be replaced with early Christians.) @protectorateandcircuit and I joke that Jerry Seinfeld would be more accurate for Ben Ya’ir than whoever they’re going to cast.
Also Amram is Latino so I’ll give them that!
Does anyone know about the casting for other characters? I think we caught a glimpse of Yusuf in Yael’s picture with the camel. Does anyone know about Wynn, Ben Simon, Sia, Yoav, Nahara, Revka? It’s profoundly odd to me that they would start filming without Revka.
I’m actually pretty okay with the casting for Ben Ya’ir (the guy beside Cote):
Granted, I forgot about Aziza’s casting, but I think it will depend on makeup what they make out of her. The guy cast as Adir also isn’t white - granted, he’s not dark-dark, but personally I’m more irked by the fact that he’s 20 and will play a pre-pubescent boy.
We’ll see how he pulls that off.
Nahara may end up being darker, since she had a different father, although she probably won’t, given the casting of her brother. As far as I know, neither her nor Revka have been cast so far. (And yes, the lack of Revka confuses me, too.)
As a final note, I don’t get what an actor’s beliefs have to do with the character he or she portrays. Last time I looked, religion was completely different from ethnicity - even in the Jewish faith, where the lines often blur, you have so many colors it’s not funny anymore.