The petition have been signed by thousands of people as actor Leonardo Dicaprio has not casted to play the role of Persian poet ‘Rumi’.
Protestors have insisted the producers to drop “The Revenant” actor’s name from the list and cast a Middle Eastern actor to play the role of poet.
Moreover, the reports says,Leonardo Di Caprio’s will play the lead role while the “Iron man” actor Robert Downey Jr will be seen in second lead as Iranian mystic Shams of Tabriz.
The controversy started when film’s screenwriter David Franzoni revealed his casting plans, in an interview with the Guardian.
“I hope to challenge the stereotypical portrayal of Muslim characters in western cinema,” David Franzoni said.
“Casting Leonardo DiCaprio as Rumi rewrites history, takes possession of Muslim accomplishments and gives the credit to a white man,” said Valerie Janovic, a person who set up the petition.
“Now, when people think of Rumi, they’ll picture him with pale skin, blond hair and blue eyes. Muslim actors are readily typecast as terrorists but when a movie portrays a Muslim in a positive light, they are shunted off to the side to make room for another white actor. The casting for the Rumi movie is not yet final and together we can change it,” he added.