The Craft reboot is happening whether we want it or not, and after seeing an early casting notice, we might have at least one reason to be happy about it. According to a casting call shared on Twitter, the filmmakers are searching for a transgender Latinx actress to play one of the four leads.
Blumhouse Productions, the studio behind The Purge and Paranormal Activity, first announced the reboot in March. It will be directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, who said the project was a dream come true. While The Craft is a near-perfect cultural artifact of the 90s that does not need to be remade, adding a trans character is a good step toward truly updating this story for a new generation.
The casting call, shared by GLAAD’S associate director of trans media Alex Schmider, says that the film is looking for an actress who is “transgender, to play Latina” for the role of Lourdes, a 17-year-old “punk rocker” who “is the second member of the Clique,” which must be the teenage coven originally played by Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True. Lourdes’ “super-Catholic mother threw her out for being trans and she now lives with her 80 year old abuela, who has taught Lourdes a variety of supernatural practices.”
If The Craft reboot has to happen, it’s pretty exciting that not only has a trans lead character been written into the film, but that the filmmakers understand that it’s important that a trans actress plays her. But who will it be?