Several movies set in Eastern countries have come under fire in recent years over the appearances of white actors in the lead roles.
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Prince of Persia – which starred the non-Persian Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton – was one notable example.
Lego Batman Movie producer Dan Lin, who is Taiwanese, has told Collider that he has no plans to make the same mistakes.
“Look at me. I mean, I’m not a typical guy,” he said.
“Listen, I’m very fortunate working in Hollywood; I am diverse. So when I came in to make the movie, I wanted to make a diverse version of the movie.
“Luckily for me Guy Ritchie has the same vision and Disney has the same vision, so we’re not here to make Prince of Persia. We want to make a movie that’s authentic to that world.”
It seems it’ll be newcomers who get first refusal on the big roles.
“We’re gonna be discovering new people because it’s a real challenge – because not only does an actor have to act, but they really have to have singing chops,” Lin added.
Disney’s live-action efforts have fared reasonably well so far, with The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon and Cinderella being recent examples.
Beauty and the Beast is next: it’s out over here on March 17.
Lego Batman Movie, meanwhile, is in cinemas tomorrow.