Jodie Turner-Smith’s latest role has gotten Twitter users into another argument about racebending in film casting.

The Queen & Slim actress will play historical English queen Anne Boleyn in a currently unnamed three-part thriller miniseries for UK network Channel 5.

Sony Pictures TV will serve as the miniseries’ international distributor. The cast for the project is also diverse, including I May Destroy You‘s Paapa Essiedu, Two Weeks to Live‘s Thalissa Teixeira and Jamael Westman from the West End’s production of Hamilton. The project is written by up-and-coming screenwriter Eve Hedderwick Turner and directed by Lynsey Miller.

As you could expect, the news launched a tirade of Twitter users calling foul on Turner-Smith as Boleyn. Folks in support of the casting also chimed in, resulting in a Twitter battle over who can play historical characters.

The backlash and counter-arguments can be best summarized by Matthew Hodson, the executive director of NAM Publications, who tweeted that if Jesus, a Middle Eastern figure, can be portrayed as a white man in modern media, then Boleyn can be portrayed by Turner-Smith.


Letitia Wright And Michael K. Williams To Star In Anthony Mandler’s ‘Surrounded’


Photo: Getty Images/Wikimedia Commons