This does not make up in any way their previous fail, because 'Hey look! The brown dude gets to be the villain! But it's okay! He'll be redeemed by the white kids later!' Also, if what I hear is correct, he's completely miscast. (Also, I think Dev Patel is totally awesome, as he's one of the things that I loved most about Slumdog Millionaire.)
At the same time, I think it's indicative that the fans' voices have been heard, that they had an influence, though the people listening are completely tone-deaf. I don't know what that means or if/how we can use it, but it's something to think about, I think.