Elijah Wood and his co-stars from the Lord of the rings Movies have collectively responded to the online backlash over the diverse casting of the Amazon series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
Set thousands of years before director Peter Jackson’s film trilogy, the new prequel series features cast members from many different races, as opposed to the all-white cast in previous depictions of fictional Middle-earth. Black British actor Lenny Henry, for example, appears in the series as a hobbit.
Whoopi Goldberg and author Neil Gaiman are among the celebrities who have spoken out about the backlash.
Now, Wood and several co-stars including Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee), Billy Boyd (Pippin Took) and Dominic Monaghan (Merry Brandybuck) have posted their support on social media. In the pictures, the actors wear hats and t-shirts decorated with elf ears of different shapes and skin tones.
next to the photo, Wood posted the message“You Are All Welcome Here” – the English translation of the Elvish lettering on the t-shirts.
Separately, Sean Astin supported the campaign with a hat emblazoned with the same slogan in a Twitter post mentioning his co-stars.
The pro inclusivity merchandise was Designed by Lord of the rings TikTok star Don Marshallwho has pledged to donate half of the proceeds to a charity supporting People of Color.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/elijah-wood-lord-of-the-rings-rings-of-power-racism-b2162149.html Elijah Wood joins the ‘Lord of the Rings’ co-stars in protesting racist backlash against new Amazon series