Queequeg is a native of a fictional island in the South Pacific Ocean named Kokovoko or Rokovoko. The island is the home to his primitive tribe, who practice cannibalism, in particular devouring the flesh of enemies slain in battle. Queequeg claims that the only case of indigestion he has suffered was after a feast in which fifty slain enemies were eaten. He displays no shame regarding the practice, describing his people in a matter-of-fact fashion. In port he prefers a diet of rare red meat, but will settle for whatever is on the menu, such as clam chowder.
This will be a high-profile role for a Native actor. It's good to see Natives benefiting, rather than losing out, from nontraditional casting for once.
But as with Barbarian Princess, the role really should go to a Pacific Islander. The Fijian below looks more like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, which isn't surprising since Johnson is Samoan.
Below: Native Fijian in a 1930s postcard.
Raoul Trujillo as Queequeg:
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