Hey! Just checking in here that, one, this blog is definitely still active, and, two, we’re still hard at work on this cast! We’ve all been busy again, but we promise, we’re still casting and thinking about Calliope and we’re hoping to update soon.
But thank you all so much for following us! We have some great castings coming up, we’re working on all our requests to find just the right people, and we’re excited for you to see what we’re working on. You’re the best!
Hi! Thank you so much for your message! We really appreciate it. And I’m very much a proponent of social justice, so I like the sentiment.
However, if you read our thesis, you would know that our avoidance of POCs is very deliberate — not that we think that mythical beings would be white, but because we’re trying to portray the Greek sensibilities about their own mythological figures within a modern context, and a very large part of that is contingent on Greek racism and xenophobia. We’re not trying to cast “mythical beings” — we’re trying to cast mythical figures as close as possible to the way that they were seen 2500 years ago, and that includes a very obvious adherence to popular aesthetic ideals.
However, because there are so many amazing POC options that we’ve mentioned in our discussions, I’m keeping note for a potential POC cast in the future, because I very much agree with your point. Thanks!
Alex Kingston as Demeter.
“Beauty spread round about her and a lovely fragrance was wafted from her sweet-smelling robes, and from the divine body of the goddess a light shone afar, while golden tresses spread down over her shoulders, so that the strong house was filled with brightness as with lightning.”
We’ll add that to our requests page! Thank you for the suggestion!
And I apologize to anyone who’s sent in a request and hasn’t gotten a response — research is becoming harder to find, and so casting is getting trickier, even for the ones we received months ago. But they’re at the top of our list, and we are working on them! Thanks all!
Holland Roden as Hebe.
“Now the gods at the side of Zeus were sitting in council over the golden floor, and among them the goddess Hebe poured them nectar as wine, while they in the golden drinking-cups drank to each other, gazing down on the city of the Trojans.”
James McAvoy as Dionysus.
“He appeared on a jutting headland by the shore of the fruitless sea, seeming like a stripling in the first flush of manhood: his rich, dark hair was waving about him, and on his strong shoulders he wore a purple robe.”
Rosamund Pike as Hestia.
“Zeus the Father gave her a high honour instead of marriage, and she has her place in the midst of the house and has the richest portion. In all the temples of the gods she has a share of honour, and among all mortal men she is chief of the goddesses.”
Andrew Garfield as Hermes.
“I was met by golden-wanded Hermes; he seemed a youth in the lovely spring of life, with the first down upon his lip.”
Charlize Theron as Athena.
“First is the daughter of Zeus who holds the aegis, bright-eyed Athena; for she has no pleasure in the deeds of golden Aphrodite, but delights in wars and in the work of Ares, in strifes and battles and in preparing famous crafts.”
Aww, thank you so much!! I’m so glad you like what we’re doing!
We actually haven’t cast Metis yet! So we’ll get on that as soon as we can. And thank you for the request actually — I love these, because it gives me an excuse to go pour myself into the original sources, and I agree — Metis is a fun character to study and work with, so I’m excited to start. I’ll add her to the requests list, and we should have her done soon!