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Voice actress Laura Bailey, who plays Uncharted 4's ferocious Nadine Ross (pictured below), has defended her out-of-caste casting, arguing that her own appearance should have no bearing on the creative considerations of her character.

As you can see, Bailey, a white voice actor, is playing Nadine, a decidedly non-white character. This alleged example of 'whitewashing' attracted controversy, to which Bailey responded with this open letter posted to Twitter:

Nadine's character design had not yet been finalized when casting began, so the team looked for a unique voice and found it in Bailey. The ethnic difference was thereby rendered moot.

Uncharted 4 director Neil Druckmann defended the decision with a similar point during last year's PlayStation Experience event:

"If we were to change these characters, we would be operating out of fear of something that's outside the game. [...] I stand by that 110 percent and I wouldn't change anything,"

Uncharted 4 launches in March 2016 exclusively for PS4.

What's your take? Do you agree with Bailey and Druckmann?

[Source: Twitter]


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