"Hollywood is great at coming up with excuses for not casting people of color. Filmmakers and studios argue that non-white faces don’t sell overseas, that they’re too distracting, that they’re tough for white audiences to relate to, that they’re “historically inaccurate” (for period pieces) or “unfaithful to the source material” (for adaptions of fictional properties).
So it’s disappointing, if not terribly surprising, that when a major filmmaker finally gets his hands on a project that demands non-white stars, he goes ahead casts white stars anyway. The roles of Moses and Ramses were famously played by Yul Brynner and Charlton Heston in 1956′s The Ten Commandments. It’d be nice to think we’ve progressed past that kind of whitewashed casting now, but apparently it’s just not true.”