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For the first time in history, a Black actress will play the role of Tudor queen Anne Boleyn, and people aren't impressed...

For any actor, playing a well-known role takes a lot of tenacity...


Especially a role played by the likes of Natalie Portman and Natalie Dormer!

However, one woman has done exactly that, as well as pave the way for future actors...

She is the first Black actress to take on the role of Anne Boleyn!

But people aren't exactly on board with the choice...

Jodie Turner-Smith has reflected on being the first Black actress to be cast as the Tudor queen in a new 3-part drama to be aired in the UK...

The thirty-four-year-old star said she knew it might be "a stretch" for some to see her as the wife of Henry VIII, but said she feels we're "finally ready" to see her in the role.

However, people feel her role is more than just "a stretch."

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Jodie follows in the footsteps of Natalie Dormer, Claire Foy, and Natalie Portman by playing the historic part...

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Reflecting on this, Jodie said, "It's much more approachable and appealing to a contemporary audience when you cast this way because we are distilling this down to a human experience."

"If you ask anyone to watch a film or to observe any art, you are asking them to suspend their beliefs..."

"I am aware it's going to be a stretch for some people because they will feel too distracted by that, but I think for a lot of other people who are finally ready to see the world in a different way, they're going to see that this is a human story we are telling, and a fascinating one at that."

Jodie admitted she felt connected to the role with how Anne Boleyn was silenced by King Henry for her intelligence and speaking her mind...

"Before I met my husband some of the men I dated would love what they saw but the minute we got together, the thing they loved was the very thing they wanted to stamp out."

"I think that's the mark of any powerful woman: the male ego can be quite fragile. They love how outspoken you are and suddenly it's, 'You're speaking too much.'"

She also explained how becoming a mom has changed the way she sees other women and their experiences.

Of her character, she said...

"Anne, like all women at the time, was trying to navigate the patriarchy as a mother and a woman and that's what makes this story so powerful and interesting; it felt relatable and modern."

Anne Boleyn will explore the final months of Anne Boleyn's life and the challenges she faced as queen of England...

Unpicking her strength, vulnerabilities, and how she strived to be equal to men.

The series finished production in December 2020...

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And it aims to "challenge all the conventions of who we think Anne Boleyn was and shines a feminist light on her story."

Fable Pictures added: "We're absolutely thrilled to have the magnetic Jodie Turner-Smith on board to encapsulate Anne's determination to be an equal among men and to pave a path for her daughter."

‚Äč"We feel that history has side-lined the voice of this ambitious Queen in favor of the men who brought her down and that Lynsey Miller's beautiful, intimate vision will put Anne's gaze at the heart of the piece."

Ben Frow, director of programs at ViacomCBS, added: "This project re-frames her story as a propulsive psychological thriller, told from a new perspective, with top talent like Jodie Turner-Smith attached."

"It was simply too irresistible to say no to and I'm very excited to see the finished product."

We can't wait!

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