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Chromatic Casting Meme
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So st_aurafina made a post which linked to some other posts in which folks re-cast Marvel characters as characters of color, as well as including her own ideas. Which is awesome and I totally wanted to do it, except Marvel isn't my fandom.

But you know what is my fandom, which, despite how wonderful it is, is totally whitewashed? Buffy: the Vampire Slayer.

Buffy Summers - Gabrielle Union


Willow Rosenberg - Parminder Nagra


Xander Harris - Percy Daggs III


Cordelia Chase - Dania Ramirez


Angel - Takeshi Kaneshiro


Rupert Giles - Erick Avari


Joyce Summers - Alfre Woodard


Daniel Osbourne - Jake Smollett


Faith Lehane - Rosario Dawson


Anya Jenkins - Julia Ling


Tara Maclay - America Ferrera


Dawn Summers - Dana Davis


Andrew Wells - Aaron Yoo





Feel free to throw in your suggestions in the comments, especially about characters I "forgot" like Spike & Dru, Riley, Wesley, etc.

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I'm not at all in Buffy fandom and still think this is awesome and amazing. I totally need to do this for Xena: Warrior Princess. ::plots::

Oooh, that would be awesome! Do it! Do it!

Oh my God, I would watch this show. I would watch it so hard.

I had forgotten how gorgeous Parminder Nagra was. And yay for Erick Avari as Giles *g* He needs to be in more stuff. So does Dana Davis.

I haven't actually seen that much of Buffy, but I'm kind of digging the idea of Joe Morton as the Mayor.

So could get behind that idea! I was trying to think up something for him, 'cause I love him so. I was thinking of the possibility of Harry Lennix as they mayor, too.

Gabrielle Union would make a fantastic Buffy! I especially like America Ferrara as the unassuming, gentle Tara.

ETA: Adrian Lester for Spike? He can do the swagger, definitely!

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I can see that working! (I had trouble casting Spike in my mind, because I still think of Spike & Dru as a unit, and it's really hard to re-cast Dru!)

Oh, oh, this is brilliant! Parminder Nagra as Willow is so perfect, I can't even. It gave me goosebumps.

Oh, oh, Tara! Oh! She'd be so perfectly gentle, but so uncompromising and so certain of herself.

*loves you for doing this*

Indira Varma for Lilah (if we're casting Angel as well)
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And for Spike, Noel Clarke (Evil Mickey will blow your mind!)
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Some of these are total win. The first thing I thought when I was scrolling down was "Wallace should be Xander!" and there you go, that's what you did. I also love Jake Smollett as Oz and Rosario as Faith.

If he were younger, I'd pick Shemar Moore for Riley. Also, I think I'd prefer Traci Thoms as Anya, because that works in my head. I suppose re-casting from other Joss shows is kinda stupid, but I'd love Dichen as Tara - I know America has more of the Tara sort of look, but I think Dichen could capture her sweetness. Also, I kind of love Dichen right now.

Naveen Andrews for Spike? :) Grace Park...might be too young, but totally Jenny Calendar.

OMG. Naya Rivera as Harmony.

All of this casting is wondermous, but I have to say that I got thrills right down to my toes when I saw your casting for Xander. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! How perfect is that?!?!?!?

It's a little bit of typecasting, but he's so darn good at it!

Here from st_aurafina 's link, and I just had to say this is FABULOUS! ♥

Angel - Takeshi Kaneshiro

♥ ♥

Thanks! Takeshi is full of wonderment, isn't he?

I am unfamiliar with his work, but it definitely looks like he's got the proper 'tude!

Oh awesome! I love Gabrielle Union, I would totally watch this. I also love your picks for Willow, Angel and Faith. Joss needs to be notified.


Eeeeee this is FANTASTIC. How about Freema Agyeman as Dru? I think she has the physicality and the range to pull it off.

I have only seen her in, like, 1 & 1/2 episodes of Torchwood, but I hear good things! I especially like the idea when paired with the Noel Clarke Spike suggested above.

Anya would NEVER wear that hat, tho. :D

Hahaha, I'm not so sure! She might need another "scary" Halloween costume!


Here via linkspam - oh, this is GORGEOUS. Oh, Willow. Oh, Tara!

(Also how much do I love that your Anya has a bunny hat, haha)

Oh my goodness, YES. This is wonderful!

Oh. My. God. I too saw the Marvel one and went "that's cool, but I don't know who half these people are". This .... this has made me simultaneously want to clap my hands and squee, and shed a little tear. I am already a little bit in love with Parminder Nagra as Willow!

Noma Dumezweni as Drucilla?






Lenora Crichlow for Dru, perhaps (she's currently playing a ghost in Being Human, so I may be typecasting a bit)



And for a British Giles, one could hardly do better than rumoured Doctor Who contender Paterson Joseph!


Ooh, just saw him as the Marquis de Carabas in Neverwhere! Tooootally would work!

(Still need to watch Being Human!)

I love this! Your choices are all spot-on. I love the photo you picked for Angel. He looks totally broody.

This is fantastic! I nominate Salma Hayek as Jenny Calendar.

sainfoin_fields just linked me to this, and I have to say it is incredibly badass. I especially love Rosario as Faith.

I'm so glad folks are still dropping in!

Rosario is one actress I'd particularly love to see featured in more projects.

(Not sure if you're aware, but a bunch of these posts have just been linked at Racialicious, so you may get a spike in squeeing commentators!)

This is SO AWESOME. I'm racking my brains to come up with a suitably awesome Spike/Dru combination but I love Evil!Mickey. I thought Naomie Harris did a pretty good psychic and crazy in PotC, but I keep thinking I've missed someone more obvious...

The question is: how did I forget Naomie Harris?! She would be pretty awesome as Dru!

Ando from Heroes would make a better Angel. have you seen him shirtless?

Great, now I am going to spend far too much time pondering this. JKL totally has the goofy and sexy personality traits in common with David Boreanaz, but I would have to see more of his work to know if he could work the mysterious/tormented thing.

This is so amazing. :D

I LOVE your Buffy casting, and Parminder Nagra is forever a sweet soccer player in my head but I have to say, in that picture I can absolutely see her as Willow. And your Angel casting made me laugh out loud -- he's so young-looking and thin, and I can barely even remember the years when Angel was lean anymore, but the expression is SO RIGHT.

Also: I've seen Rosario Dawson in three of these posts now, a different character in each one, and each time I stop and think, 'oh, that's perfect.' It must be a thing. And America Ferrera as Tara -- so very right.

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