Netflix has just canceled its superhero adaptation of the popular comic book series Grendel, disappointing a legion of fans as well as the lead actor who played the titular hero.
Abubakr Ali, who could have been the first Arab Muslim actor to play the series lead for a comic book adaptation is speaking out about it.
Reports say the series had finished the bulk of its filming. As things stand, there is a partial eight-episode season being done. However, the producers now have the option to find another home for the series.
Abubakr Ali is disappointed
The star went on Instagram to express his thoughts on the cancellation.
“Despite making up 24 percent of the world’s population, Muslim actors only make up 1% of speaking characters on TV. I was really excited for what this role meant to my community. I never thought this business would allow someone like me to play a role like this, where an Arab person could exist in the grey area between good and evil. A role where an Arab on screen didn’t feel the need to “be nice” to assure everyone around them that they’re not one of the “bad ones.” Where an Arab could live in the spaces of anger, vengeance, sorry, even vindictiveness without owing the audience any proof of their humanity. By simply existing, they force & challenge the audience to grant them their humanity the same way they’ve done for white actors playing similar characters.”
He is grateful for his cast members and crew and thanked them in his post. Grendel also included cast members such as Jaime Ray Newman, Julian Black Antelope, Madeline Zima, Kevin Corrigan, Emma Ho, Erik Palladino, Brittany Allen and Andy Mientus.
Grendel is about a gifted assassin and writer who is out to avenge the death of his love. To avenge her, he sets his sights on the New York underworld. Things don’t go according to plan. Grendel ends up joining the criminal underworld.
Created by Matt Wagner, the Dark Horse series enjoys a cult following to this day.