It’s a bit weird that we do have our own biases in the discussion. At least I tend to do. I think of minorities, while the global majorities clearly are what are the minorities in my current vicinity.
Regarding the Arab/Muslim interjection, I think that’s also a common bias. Speaking about population size, I’ve got friends working in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. I’ve got friends working in Nigeria, Africa’s largest country (and I assume without checking that this means the largest Muslim population as well). In both countries, cultural and ethnic diversity is amazingly high. The number of languages alone exceeds my abilities of imagination. So, who would we likely see in a future LA, Paris, London, Shenzen, Astana or Singapore, if we imagine it from our current POV? What about Saõ Paolo or Hyderabad? And why would a film depicting a possible or impossible future even play in LA, or Hongkong?
That said, I’m not really offering any answers. And I’m definitely not against a more diverse cast, hope no-one reads that into my lines.
This world is so much richer than current blockbusters…