I have a sinus infection and I’m really tired. I’m also tired of the fallout from the stupid fan-casting which weird took parts from a Disney Fanon Wiki . Also I have posted too many times this week and I still haven’t watch any more Magical adventures …..

Esmeralda singing God Help the Outcast Disney Hunchback of Notre Dame picture image
Esmeralda singing God Help the Outcast Disney Hunchback of Notre Dame

The article talks about representation for the Travelers characters. The article has concerns about casting Romani actors for the roles. Which would be a good look for Disney BUT would people of Romani descent even want to portrayed these characters or be in this project? It would come down to the script of course. I am not Romani so obviously I will not say anything one way or the other besides that I think the article is well-intentioned in their concerns over the casting.

To my knowledge there has been one performer of Romani-descent who played Esmeralda in the Russian cast of Notre Dame de Paris, Diana Savelyeva.

However the article also mentions the book where Quasimodo is deaf and how this should be considered for casting the Disney remake. And yes he is deaf in novel but he is not in the Disney version just like how, whether you like it or not, Esmeralda is not a born Traveler in the book. She was swapped with Quasimodo when she was young (I think she was two.) So this is a cherry-picked bit of “concern.”

If this version wants to make Quasimodo deaf like the book, fine and if they want to keep to the Disney film that is also fine. There something a little less than genuine however when one’s concern for representation brings up the source that would make concern for Esmeralda’s casting a little moot.

Gad’s Quote about the “Powers”

Then there is what Gad said in regards to the fancast which alludes to “the Powers” being on the fence about this version. Gad said;

Wow. This spread quickly. For the record, this is not real. This is a [Fan-Cast]! I was just responding to it. Love that you guys all want this. We do [too]! The script is one of the best I have read and hopefully the powers that be will see this love and let us make this live-action adaptation the original film deserves.

It’s the last sentence that gives me pause. NOW this could mean that Disney has not fully committed to it. Or it could mean the executives are micro-managing the creatives. Or it could mean something else.

The other pause is that release date which is now SUS. Sure movies get pushed back all the time but that bit of news didn’t get much or any traction. The Mary Sue article didn’t even mention it and on July 5th 2024 is when The Lion King prequel comes out.

Wouldn’t two Disney live-action movies released the same month be a weird move? Wouldn’t they be competition for each other?

I feel confused and this site is saying there is no release date and this project isn’t even if the pipeline. Though IMDB has it as “excepted.”

Just wake me when there is real news until then…

(I’m sick….I shouldn’t post when I’m sick)

9 Thoughts on “Thoughts on this Mary Sue Article

  1. lo on 03/29/2023 at 8:53 pm said:

    Raisa Mihai and Ninel Petrache would make a wonderful Esmeralda and Clopin imo. What do you think?

    • lo on 03/31/2023 at 5:44 pm said:

      Saray Rubio Montoya would be a great Esmeralda as well and seems to be interested in the part.

      • jess on 04/02/2023 at 9:34 am said:

        I’m not familiar with her but she looks the part and if she is interested so much the better

    • jess on 04/02/2023 at 9:32 am said:

      I’ll admit I haven’t see them in anything but yes they have the right look for Esmeralda and Clopin

      • lo on 04/02/2023 at 3:52 pm said:

        I can send you some stuff of their acting and singing f you want! Not sure how though lol, what’s the best way I can send it you?

        • jess on 04/03/2023 at 2:39 pm said:

          It’s not the best way, I know, but if you’re cool with it I can send you an email using the email address to use to leave a comment.

  2. Sonya Cercel on 03/28/2023 at 4:38 pm said:

    Honestly, I’m romani and I’d rather they treated the characters in the movies as nomand travelers, of ambiguous orign if they must, but they certainly don’t live the romani lifestyle. Especially in the middle ages, Esmeralda would never end up with Phoebus, she’d be already married to a romani man at an early age. I’d rather they represented them as travelling artists. And I don’t honestly care about the background of the actor is it looks the part, I mean, imagine if this was true for all only a real doctor would be able to portray a doctor on movies… Sure, represantation is fine, but I care more about the talent of the actors and actresses and if they look the part. An actor job is literally to act as something he is not… If they want a romani actress fine, go for it… but most romani people I know don’t give a damn about HoND as it looks like a poor jokes on romani lifestyle. Esmeralda is the least romani you’d see a romani girl be. She wouldn’t walk around unescorted, much less live on her own, her marriage to pierre is a joke, marriage is sacred to us and in the middle ages it would only happen within the community, never with a gadjo, so I think casting romani people to this roles would actually make some people believe that’s how romani people lived and validate a wrong idea about us.
    Forgive me for any mistakes, english is not my first language.

  3. gopal on 03/27/2023 at 12:52 pm said:

    the disney movie is nowhere near an accurate portrayal of romani people and culture. so if they’ll go for actual romani people to play the parts, they also must present the culture appropriately

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