Zoë Kravitz has revealed she wasn’t allowed to audition for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ because the filmmakers weren’t “going urban”.
The 26-year-old – who is a mix of Dominican and Jewish-American courtesy of parents Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet – told Nylon magazine she was planning to test for a small part in the 2012 Batman sequel, but couldn’t down to the dubious casting criteria.
“It was like, ‘What does that have to do with anything?’” she said. “I have to play the role like, ‘Yo, what’s up Batman? What’s going on wit chu?’”
Kravitz is best known for roles in ‘Divergent’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’.
While the ‘Dark Knight’ filmmakers, including Christopher Nolan, have yet to respond, Kravitz’s story highlights a Hollywood trend that many still see as taboo to discuss.
Recently, Cameron Crowe’s movie ‘Aloha’ was criticised for casting Emma Stone as a Hawaiian, while Rooney Mara will play a Native American character in the upcoming reboot, ‘Pan’. Meanwhile, British actor David Oyelowo has been outspoken about Hollywood racism after playing Martin Luther King in ‘Selma’.