J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" spin-off film series "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" has long been spurned for its almost entirely monochromatic cast, but producer David Heyman wants to echo the author's assurances that the film(s) will be more diverse than it seems right now.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Heyman promised that the film is far from all-white and that the story's time-and-place setting -- 1920s New York -- makes the subject of race relations, especially among the American nomajs, a major part of the narrative.
"Like all of Jo Rowling’s works, [Fantastic Beasts] is populated with a variety of people and that will be the same in this series over the course of the films," said Heyman. "There will be people of various types of ethnicities. In New York in the 1920s, there was a segregation between white and black, the neighborhoods were largely separate, and that is reflected."
"But the wizarding world is a much more open and tolerant society where people of color and different ethnic backgrounds exist harmoniously together," he continued. "There are people of color filling this world in an organic way."
Indeed, Rowling herself previously promised that not everyone in "Fantastic Beasts" is white and prompted critics of the cast list to "wait until you see the movie to judge" because "all the characters have not been revealed or cast yet."
@Vividscarletsky Perhaps wait until you see the movie to judge? It is a trilogy and all the characters have not been revealed or cast yet.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 25, 2015
The first set of images from the picture have yet to reflect said diversification, though last month an actress of Chinese parentage (Gemma Chan) and another with Nigerian-Scottish roots (Carmen Ejogo) were cast for un-named roles.