J.J. Abrams is known for speaking out his mind and being an unprejudiced director in general. He recently expressed his views on Star Wars characters' sexuality saying it would be "insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive" if there weren't any gay characters in the space opera saga. Now, the director is taking a stand on the long-standing issue of diversity in Hollywood.
We can see it Abrams' movies. His most recent one, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is probably one of the films today that has the most diverse cast. Women, African-Americans, Latinos, you name it. They had both supporting and major roles in the sci-fi film. Abrams is now taking it a step further with his production company, Bad Robot. He did say that "too few women and minorities are involved in the Hollywood filmmaking process."
According to The New York Times, the TFA writer, director, and producer issued a memo last week to his production company, Bad Robot, announcing a new "strategic hiring systems" in place. This would would ensure that movie studios and agencies will be submitting lists of candidates that are "proportional and representative of the U.S. population."
It's all-encompassing and include actors as well as writers, directors, and producers.
Abrams is truly trying to change Hollywood. It's a huge step that could potentially change people's perception and how films are made in Hollywood. Hopefully, it will improve his projects all the more.