Even if you’re Thandie Newton, it’s hard to find work in the U.K. as a black actor. She specifically cites the abundance of period dramas that inherently shut out people of color.
Chadwick Boseman has been cast as Thurgood Marshall in an upcoming “courtroom thriller” about the first black Supreme Court justice. To date, this marks Boseman’s third time being cast as the lead in a biopic. Additionally, he landed the role of the Black Panther—one of the few black superheroes seen onscreen.
Last summer, I fell down the rabbit hole of the science-fiction drama Extant starring Halle Berry because, to me, being black means I must give black actors and shows a chance. (I can quit later, but only after I’ve supported.) Extant is the blackest mainstream sci-fi show I’ve ever seen.