I first thought it was just a rumor when I read it on this site, but when Shadow & Act basically confirmed that an inside source told them the same thing, I knew there had to be a ring of truth to it.
Blige was reportedly dropped from the role after delaying production so she could shoot “Rock of Ages.”
Granted, not many people were excited at the thought of Blige playing such a complex character, but even fewer are happy about the casting of a Latina actress in a role that clearly calls for a Black actress.
The casting of Latina, multi-cultural and white actresses in roles that traditionally would have gone to a black actress has become a hotbed topic over the last few years, and one that’s not going away anytime soon.The casting of a biracial actress (Jacqueline Fleming) as Harriet Tubman in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is proof of that.
Neither Blige nor Saldana have confirmed the cast change, but my favorite social spot, Twitter, is already all over this one.