On our radar this week:
- CBS’s Nancy Drew, which promised us a woman of colour as a lead, is being shopped around at other networks despite testing well with audiences, because it supposedly ‘skewed too female.’
- Promotional images are released of Sophie Okonedo in the BBC miniseries The Hollow Crown, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s history plays, including Richard II, Henry IV (I&II), and Henry V. The cast itself is not thrillingly diverse (Ben Whishaw I still love you), but Okonedo will portray Queen Margaret in the Wars of the Roses cycle.
- “John Boyega Praises His New Star Wars Costar Kelly Marie Tran.” Despite the world and the mythos being based largely on East, Southeast, and South Asian philosophies, aesthetics, and costuming, Tran will be the first Asian star of a Star Wars film.
- Vanessa Hudgens, of High School Musical fame and one of the only high-profile actresses of Filipina and Indigenous American descent, is slated to star in the comedy series Powerless, which is set in the DC universe.
- Taiwanese American director Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct a film version of Singaporean author Kenny Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians, which follows Chinese American Rachel Chu as she is introduced to her Singaporean boyfriend’s wealthy family. Shenanigans ensue. Chu has promised a non-whitewashed cast should he diret the film.
- From Park Chan Wook, director of Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance and producer of Snowpiercer comes The Handmaiden, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel Fingersmith.