Meagan Good is the latest non-white actor to be cast as a lead on a major broadcast network drama, and the actress expressed gratitude for her “colorless” character on the Steven Spielberg adaptation.
“It’s an incredible feeling. It’s a blessing,” she said on stage at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Thursday. “Last year, I said this was exactly the thing I wanted to do and a year later it manifested … The character is very colorless.
“The cast, we’re just living, breathing characters. It’s a blessing when people hire you for doing what you do,” she added.
“Minority Report” will air on Fox, which also counts “Empire” and “Sleepy Hollow,” along with new medical drama “Rosewood,” as shows which feature black actors in lead roles.
“It has been an incredible year for minorities, and I’m blessed to be in the forefront of that,” said Good. “In this particular case it’s exciting because it’s us and we’re hired for doing incredible work and it makes me feel really, really good.”
“Minority Report” also stars Stark Sands, Wilmer Valderrama, Nick Zano and Laura Regan, and takes place several years after the events of the 2002 Spielberg film which starred Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell.
The focus shifts from police enforcers to the point of views of the three children precogs from the film, who are now all grown up and have their own ideas of what to do with their psychic powers.
Spielberg was very hands-on with the show, even while he filmed both “Bridge of Spies” and “The BFG” back-to-back while the pilot was in production. However, don’t expect the show to stick too close to the original storyline.
“We don’t have to adhere to it strictly but it’s good to have it as a reference,” Sands said.
“Minority Report” premieres on Monday, Sept. 21 on Fox.