Hollywood is not shy about whitewashing their “hopeful” blockbuster movies. From God’s of Egypt all white “Egyptians,” a white Khan from Star Trek, to an all white cast in Dragon Ball Z. The real life story of 13th century Muslin poet, Rumi is in talks to be turned in a feature length film.
Hollywood screenwriter Dave Franzon has agreed to write the script for this true story. He and producer Joel Brown admit that it is to early to cast but they hope that the main role of Rumi will be played by (finally) Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio.
Everyone loves Leo but came Leo pull off being a Persian poet born in present-dat Afghanistan. For a cherry on top, they also want Robert Downey Jr. to play Shams of Tabriz, who is the Iranian spiritual advisor to Rumi.
Another wonderful actor but to address the elephant in the room… They are both white. They are white men trying to play non-white characters. Not as a metaphor but on purpose.