Him? Dwayne Johnson's Casting As Black Folk Legend John Henry Causes Backlash

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October 10th 2018

Dwayne Johnson might have landed the role of African American folk hero John Henry, but many Black film fans aren't having it.

As we reported this week, Johnson will star and produce John Henry and the Statesman for Netflix, with Johnson leading an ensemble of American and international folklore figures. But many feel that a darker-skinned actor should have been given the role to adhere to the usual portrayal of the character.







It is worth noting that Johnson is biracial. But some feel that casting Johnson leans into colorism and denies other actors the ability to play Black folk heroes. Twitter users have given their suggestions on who could have played John Henry from Winston Duke to Ving Rhames, Terry Crews, Trai Byers and Trevante Rhodes.









No doubt, people will have plenty more to say about John Henry and the Statesman once the film drops.

by Monique Jones on October 10th 2018
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