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Cate Blanchett Opens Up About Casting White Actors In Her Show Stateless

Thor: Ragnarok star Cate Blanchett has opened up about the casting criticism around her series Stateless, and admitted that this was not the “only way to tell this story”. There are several critics who have questioned the choice to make a show about refugees by casting white people for three of the four main characters. The mini-series is about a flight attendant who mysteriously ends up at an immigration detention center in a desert in Australia with a passport identifying her as German. Reportedly, while acknowledging the criticism, Blanchett encouraged people to watch Stateless all the way through. “We’re in no way saying this is the only way to tell this story,” Blanchett said. “I look forward to many more refugee stories being told on television, film or documentary. It is very much about trying to capture a wide audience because often the reality is that you start talking about refugees and asylum seekers and the global displacement crisis … and (people) turn off because it’s too huge. So we wanted to create a sense of, ‘It could be me, it could be you,’ and so often, that is the white experience. But then you get inside the series, and there’s a multi-various array of characters,”

11th July 2020 | 05:46 PM (IST)
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