Look, I may not be the world’s foremost authority on history, geography, or mythology, but I seem to recall Egypt being located in the Middle East. You know, right up there in Northeastern Africa. Because of that, it seems to me that if you’re going to put a movie there, even a fictionalized “Ancient” version of it, the cast probably shouldn’t be full of white people.
Yet here comes the Gods of Egypt trailer.
So yeah, this is a thing, and it’s coming to theaters February 26, 2016. Honestly, I can’t say I’m too outraged… but mostly because I don’t think anyone is going to go out and see this movie. It’s more likely to get crushed by Deadpool and the umpteenth millionth showing of The Force Awakens (which hey – actually has a person of color in a desert).
But if anyone ever asks you why Hollywood keeps getting accused of being racist in their casting practices, just point to this whitebread movie and you’ll win the argument instantly. It’s like the new Prince of Persia that way.