Gods Of Egypt Director & Lionsgate Issue An Apology For Lack Of Diversity In Casting
After the Gods of Egypt trailer dropped last week, it left many of us looking like…
Sooo, let me get this right: you have a film about ancient Egypt, but it’s filled with Europeans with flowing, curly blonde hair? Ok. Got it!
Now, that they’ve been called on their BS, Lionsgate and the film’s director, Alex Proyas, have issued an apology for their lack of diversity in casting.
In the joint statements, Lionsgate responded to widespread criticism: ”We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.”
Proyas’ statement reads: “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”
Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay took to her social media page to weigh in on the apology.