Rebecca Theodore, an entertainment writer working for (according to her Twitter bio) Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, NYTimes, and Roger Ebert, is very upset. You see, Entertainment Weekly has the cast of the upcoming film “Murder on the Orient Express” on the cover, and there aren’t any Asians.
Here’s the problem with her outrage. “Murder on the Orient Express” is about a bunch of mostly white people (check out the character list) so the casting is ethnically accurate. The film is an adaptation of the book by famous mystery scribe Agatha Christie. The Orient Express is the name of the train all of these white people are traveling on, a train that is traveling through Europe.
Here’s the premise:
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.
Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.
Theodore wanted something to be angry about and, if this had actually been a movie about Asians, I would have agreed wholeheartedly. It is ridiculous when white people are cast as other ethnicities when there are certainly actors of those ethnicities who are more than capable of performing the role. Unfortunately, she just made a fool of herself. When people pointed out the error, she simply doubled down. Just admit your mistake and move on.
The movie looks good, though.