In a new interview she addressed the reaction she had received, noting she is aware it might be a stretch for some people to come to terms with.
“It’s much more approachable and appealing to a contemporary audience when you cast this way because we are distilling this down to a human experience,” she said.
“If you ask anyone to watch a film or to observe any art, you are asking them to suspend their beliefs.
Actor Paapa Essiedu, known for I May Destroy You, has been casted as Anne’s brother George.
Weighing in on the matter, he also told Radio Times: “Everyone has the right to comment.
“But I would question anyone who’s got a problem with this but hasn’t got one with believing that a space-ship can fly in Star Wars or that a giant bird can talk in Sesame Street.”
“I had just become a mother and that was what really jumped out at me, the story of Anne as a mother,” she told the publication.
“I did know it would be something that people felt very passionately about, either in a positive or a negative way, because Anne is a human in history who people feel very strongly about.
“More than anything, I wanted to tell the human story at the centre of all of this.”
Turner-Smith’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.
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