Tom Holland's 'Romeo and Juliet' Director Condemns Racial Abuse Directed at Female Co-Star

The upcoming West End stage show fronted by the Spidey actor as Romeo has sparked controversy over the casting of Francesca Amewudah-Rivers as his Juliet.

AceShowbiz - In February, it was announced that Tom Holland would star as Romeo in the West End production of "Romeo & Juliet". Last week, newcomer Francesca Amewudah-Rivers was cast as his Juliet. However, the news has sparked controversy on social media.

Amewudah-Rivers, a multitalented British artist, has received online hate and criticism due to her race and unconventional appearance. The backlash has been particularly vocal on far-right platforms, with some users calling her "unattractive" and accusing the casting choice of being an "abomination."

"There's been a lot of hate towards Francesca online because she's a black girl playing Juliet," a source said. "It's unacceptable."

Amewudah-Rivers has previously appeared in British television shows and movies, including "Bad Education." She is well-known for her role as Blessing on the BBC show for 13 episodes.

Despite the backlash, the play has sold out all of its tickets in a matter of two hours. The Jamie Lloyd Company, which is producing the show, has condemned the racial abuse directed at Amewudah-Rivers.

"This must stop," a statement said. "We are working with a remarkable group of artists. We insist that they are free to create work without facing online harassment."

Tom Holland, who has been a theater kid since the age of twelve, is excited to return to his roots in this production. The role of Romeo is a perfect fit for him, given his experience as Michael Caffrey in "Billy Elliot the Musical" and his subsequent growth as an actor.

Francesca Amewudah-Rivers' casting as Juliet has sparked a debate about the relevance of Shakespeare's plays in modern society and the continued presence of racism in the arts. The company behind the production has vowed to continue supporting their artists and condemning any form of harassment or bullying.

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