The Black List founder commented on a casting story Deadline broke about Hopper Penn, son of Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn, signing on to star in a short film from Destry Spielberg and Owen King, also children of Hollywood royalty.
Leonard posted bluntly, “Hollywood’s a meritocracy, right?” Accompanying the text was a photo split of the successful Hollywood artists’ progeny.
Hollywood's a meritocracy, right? https://t.co/jELCVujYyB
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) July 28, 2021
Though Leonard walked his comments back a bit by admitting, “In fairness, this is apparently a short film,” Ben Stiller, son of the late comedic actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara,