Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Theater: Live “Harry Potter” Play for London’s West End Features Black Actress in Emma Watson Role


J.K. Rowling continues to fascinate: she’s allowed a black actress to be cast as a grown up Hermione in “Cursed Child,” the “Harry Potter” legit play set for London’s West End in July. How fantastic is that? Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni & Paul Thornley will play Harry, Hermione & Ron in the play that will be the theatrical equivalent of “Star Wars” and “Adele.” To be sure, the male actors don’t look anything like their movie counterparts. But casting an African American actress in the role originated by Emma Watson is daring and smart. Bravo!

Here’s what Rowling Tweeted when this was announced:

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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