1 win and 2 misses for Benedict Cumberbatch’s latest films

via The Sun

Benedict Cumberbatch is at it again. In the last few days, his name has blown up on social media thanks to the buzz (and displeasure) regarding his newest movie announcements. The trailers for The Current War and The Child in Time were just released. The former has not impressed early audiences, while the latter looks promising—but both were eclipsed by the news that Benny is slated to star in a film called Gypsy Boy. Playing a Romani man.

For anyone up to date on, well, anything in Hollywood or the world at large, you can see how this could be upsetting for a lot of people. In the last several years, actors and audiences alike have spoken out about whitewashing in film and television. Benedict has already been involved in some whitewashing drama (see: Doctor Strange and Star Trek: Into Darkness), so it’s disappointing to see it happen yet again. What’s more, his latest foray seems to be an attempt to distance himself from the blockbuster troubled-genius roles that have received such acclaim—even those that haven’t been released yet, like The Current War. Sweetie, I’m not sure this is the way to do it…

While I’m not looking forward to Gypsy Boy (I kinda hope he’ll back out of it, the way Ed Skrein did the right thing not that long ago), I found the trailers for both his other new films interesting. Take a look:

What do you think? Tell us your thoughts on these trailers and the Gypsy Boy announcement.

Until next time,

The Collected Mutineer

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2 thoughts

  1. Unsure on the Current War but A Child in Time looks fantastic.

    Not sure what the right term is for “Gypsy Boy.” The author is Romanichal, so this is more like Cillian Murphy playing an Irish Traveler on Peaky Blinders (same race but different ethnic group) than Khan. I’m betting he’s dropping out though. This was announced via TIFF, so it’s looking for funding and the BBC probably asked him to help. His slate is pretty full already. The author was so happy about it though that I’m kind of conflicted–it is his life and he appears to be actively involved in the production.

    1. I also feel conflicted. It’s one of those situations where as I was writing, I wondered if I was projecting what I’d been told by others about whitewashing onto this situation. Ultimately, I think it comes down to how people in the Roma/Romani community feel about it, because it’s their culture and their ethnic group. For example, I know that the term gypsy is complex in and of itself—some groups see it as a racial slur, while others use it as a self-identifier. I feel a little weird about the whole thing, and I think it would be great to get someone who is actually Romani to play the part. But hey, it might all turn out great with Benny! Who knows. If the author, who is Romanichal, is fine with it, then I will be, too. Only time will tell, I guess? I have some Romani heritage, but not anything close enough to have influenced my world experience. -CM

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