Joss Whedon’s HBO Sci-Fi series ‘The Nevers’ grows in cast but stays the same in racial status quo

Added cast/ HBO

I still don’t trust Joss Whedon due to the way Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended, but I’ll admit he can tell some fascinating stories– when he’s not killing off your favorite characters.

Whedon’s new science fiction drama series The Nevers is coming, and it is already shaping up to be a very large cast- and majority white (yes, we point things out like that here).

Elizabeth Berrington (In Bruges, Naked) Ella Smith ( Kill Your Friends), Viola Prettejohn( The Witcher), Kiran Sonia Sawar ( Brexit: The Uncivil War),  Anna Devlin (Hanna) , and Martyn Ford (The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud) have joined the cast.

Already part of the show is lead Laura Donnelly (Insatiable) along with James Norton, Tom Riley, Ann Skelly, Ben Chaplin, Pip Torrens, Zackary Momoh, Amy Manson, Nick Frost, Rochelle Neil, Eleanor Tomlinson, Denis O’Hare, and James Norton.

The Nevers is a science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities and a mission that might change the world.

In doing the math, with over 10 series regulars, only three of them are people of color. There are also only two women of color regulars (Kiran Sonia Sawar and Rochelle Neil) so far…

Not to get on my soap box (*proceeds to get on my soapbox anyway*) with the majority of the U.S. and Europe population gearing up to be non-white by the year 2045, and the world population split pretty evenly race wise already, I’m just so baffled that there are still mainstream shows that default into this kind of casting.

Yes, I know it is placed in the Victorian era, but (fun fact) different races were still around during that time too. In an age where there is SO much content out there to choose from, you need more than the same ol’ same ol’ to get people to want to watch– especially a growing demographic of viewers who want to see themselves represented in the media they consume, and rightly so.

The concept of the show sounds interesting enough, but with such a large cast, it is almost guaranteed that many of these characters won’t get the full development treatment. And that is even less likely for the characters of color usually.

But I’m willing to be proven wrong…

Are you excited about The Nevers?

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