Cast Kelsey Ellison for "A Darker Shade of Magic" role Lila Bard

Cast Kelsey Ellison for "A Darker Shade of Magic" role Lila Bard

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Kelsey Ellison is a talented actor with over 200k subscribers on YouTube. She wants nothing more than a chance at a real Hollywood acting career. However, there is one major thing standing in the way of that. When she was a child, Kelsey, through no fault of her own, lost one of her eyes and has had a prosthetic eye in its place ever since. This shouldn't have that much impact on acting prospects; after all, Peter Falk had a prosthetic eye and did an amazing job acting as Columbo. However, Kelsey has found that the standards are much higher for her as a woman. Most casting directors refuse to even consider her because they think the eye will be too much of a "distraction." However, in this upcoming film adaptation of "A Darker Shade of Magic," the character Lila Bard has a prosthetic eye just like Kelsey, and looks a lot like her as well. Hollywood has a long history of giving roles of people with disabilities and marginalized identities to actors who don't have the same disability or identity. This can make people in the marginalized group feel like they are inadequate for being passed over even to portray a member of their own group. To address this issue, Kelsey made an audition video depicting her as Lila Bard and started the hashtag #KelseyForLila. Please sign this petition to tell Sony Pictures and the producers of this upcoming film to give Kelsey a chance to play the role, rather than favoring someone who has two normal eyes for a character who doesn't and further marginalizing those with disabilities in the process.

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