"The Curse of La Llorona" Casts White Actress As Lead Character Anna Garcia
We all know the legend of La Llorona.
The infamous leyenda of a mother who, possessed by a jealous rage, drowns her children and spends eternity weeping for them and dragging other children to watery deaths, has frightened generations of Latinos.
Now, Warner Brothers is coming out with a movie version...starring white actress Linda Cardellini as lead character Anna Garcia, a widowed social worker and mom in the 1970s.
Latinos and non-latinos alike shared their disappointment.
I was rooting for this movie until the trailer came out with no main Mexican lead. Honestly, disappointed. Representation is so fucking important and to see a white woman as a lead in a movie based on a Mexican folklore? I can’t.— ????Woman Like Rosalinda???? (@ytrosaedits) October 19, 2018
I showed my momma the trailer for "La Llorona" and she replied with— Caesar Arriaga (@Caesar_aaa) October 19, 2018
"La llorona no hablaba Ingles"
why tf is a white woman the center of The Curse of La Llorona!? WHY TF!? WHY. My wela scared crap out of me as a kid with this story. JUST WHY. This trailer is BS and I am tired.— ???? basic bruja ???? ???? #TwitchCon2018 (@OhMyMithrandir) October 18, 2018
7 seconds into this trailer and I hear the whitest “la llorona” I’ve ever heard in my entire life. bye https://t.co/eTyThzig6n— ari ???? (@aririvera_) October 18, 2018
Hey, Hollywood, we're glad you're finally recognizing Latino stories, but show some respect to the people and culture.
If Crazy Rich Asians can be a box office hit with an all-Asian cast, why not a movie with an all-Latino cast?