A casting strategy which has slightly different definitions depending on the context and intent behind its use. “Typecasting” can involve choosing actors for roles based on generalizations about their appearance or stereotypes about the cultural or ethnic group they identify as belonging to. It can also include casting actors based on the quality and effectiveness of their performance in prior roles, which often leads to these actors continuously playing similar roles or “types”. For more, please see Hererra, Wojcik.

Sources and Further Reading:

Herrera, Brian Eugenio. “Stealth Latinos: Casting the Limits of Racial Legibility at Midcentury.” Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance, University of Michigan Press, 2015, pp. 54-95, https://doi-org.ezproxy.library.yorku.ca/10.3998/mpub.6010336.

Wojcik, Pamela Robertson. “Typecasting.” Criticism, vol. 45 no. 2, 2003, pp. 223-249. Project MUSE, https://doi.org/10.1353/crt.2004.0005.