Miss Marple Reboot Casts Jennifer Garner

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Miss Marple.

Please tell me, for the sake of my sanity that when I give you a question like “Who’d you most like to portray Miss Marple in a major film” you don’t immediately think, “Jennifer Garner!”

Now this is not a post about Jennifer Garner; it’s about Miss Marple and why actresses like, oh I don’t know, off the top of my head, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Zoë Wanamaker, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, just to name a few, didn’t even get a chance because word is that “Disney has made a deal to revive the Agatha Christie mystery series staple character Miss Marple, but with one big difference: instead of the elderly spinster who lives in the English village of St. Mary Mead and solves mysteries as a hobby, the new configuration is for Mark Frost to script a version where Marple is in her 30s or 40s.”

Well then, I guess we should be glad we’re even getting a 40s option, no? Or couldn’t they have just acquired rights for Nancy Drew?

You know what, here’s a suggestion. Well alright then, she’s American and much younger now. Since they’ve opened that door, I’ll walk right through it. Why not cast a woman of color as Miss Marple? Arguments like staying true to the original source work don’t hold water anymore.

North Carolina Crowns Bald Beauty Queen

Women and our hair. Black women and our hair. It’s not everything, and it really isn’t our “crowning glory” as it’s been said before.

Case in point, Sandra Dubose-Gibson who entered the Mrs. Black North Carolina pageant and won and stated, “My mission is to be the catalyst that enables women to heal the experiences that have eroded and challenged their self-esteem,” adding, “I am here to help them see the beautiful human beings they truly are and boldly celebrate that beauty and strength from the inside out.”

To her I say, get it!

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