Who’s next? More non-traditional casting changes we’d like to see – Entertainment

Today’s prevailing mantra in TV and film is that nostalgia rules — but there’s definitely nothing wrong with shaking up a long-running franchise.

After more than 50 years and a dozen quirky male Time Lords, actress Jodie Whittaker was named the 13th Doctor Who, capturing one of sci-fi TV’s most coveted leading roles and immediately acknowledging the expected outrage from one segment of the fan base.  

Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one — not a fearful one,” Whittaker said in an interview with the BBC.

Over the years, the sci-fi and fantasy genres have had some terrific instances of non-traditional casting, from Katee Sackhoff as the rebooted Battlestar Galactica‘s Starbuck to Idris Elba as the originally Clint Eastwood-inspired Gunslinger in next month’s The Dark Tower.

Even the problematic Marvel cinematic universe has started to catch up to the regularly remixed and more representative comic book world, with the forthcoming Black Panther and the latest Spider-Man offering a refreshing — and much more accurate — take on casting.

Here are a few more suggestions we’d love to see to revive some enduring blockbuster franchises.


Bond. Jane Bond. 

James Bond producers are making a “female-driven” thriller starring Gossip Girl‘s Blake Lively, so might that mean changes for the 007 franchise itself? Though there’s speculation Daniel Craig will return as Ian Fleming’s iconic secret agent, rebooting with a female lead would reinvigorate the character.

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