Lashana Lynch is starring alongside Daniel Craig in the upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die and she has faced a lot of backlash after her casting was announced.
The 32-year-old actress, best known for playing Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel, plays Nomi, who is rumored to inherit the 007 title from James Bond in the movie.
Lashana thinks any other Black actress would have received the same criticism had they landed the role.
“I am one Black woman — if it were another Black woman cast in the role, it would have been the same conversation, she would have got the same attacks, the same abuse,” Lashana told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “I just have to remind myself that the conversation is happening and that I’m a part of something that will be very, very revolutionary.”
“I feel very grateful that I get to challenge those narratives,” she added. “We’re moving away from toxic masculinity, and that’s happening because women are being open, demanding and vocal, and calling out misbehaviour as soon as we see it.”
Watch the trailer for the upcoming movie, which will be released in April 2021.
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