Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, has announced that the movie adaptation will feature a Native American star.
Alexie made headlines with Indian back in 2007; not only was it one of the few books that year that featured a Native American protagonist, but since Alexie grew up on a Spokane reservation himself, it was deemed an accurate and culturally relevant portrayal of native life. It shot to the top of The New York Times’ bestseller list and was hailed as one of the most important young adult (YA) books of the decade.
Some people were worried about cultural preservation when it was announced that Fox had picked up the rights to a movie adaptation, but Alexie has calmed fears by sharing the news that a Native American will play the lead role.
“This is going to be culturally authentic,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
He also revealed that he’s received many offers for the movie rights to Indian over the years, but he turned them all down because of a lack of faith in Hollywood.
“Until this particular team,” he said, “I’ve never had a set of producers be so faithful to the book.”
While the team in question has yet to be revealed to the public, it’s known that Alexie will work on the screenplay and act as an executive producer. Other potential actors for the movie include Hugh Jackman, Isaac Klausner, Wyck Godfrey and Lauren Shuler Donner.
Categories: Native American, Native American Culture, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian