A few days ago, footage of the movie adaptation of popular anime series “Ghost in the shell” was released. While many were thrilled by it, many were not amused with the casting of Scarlett Johansson.
Johansson will play the role of Motoko Kusanagi in the anime/manga, a human-cyborg hybrid detective devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists.
Check out the first photo of Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi in the upcoming Ghost In The Shell movie! pic.twitter.com/eUwtRNDdaQ
— Looper (@LooperHQ) April 14, 2016
While we know that Johansson can play a good female super-agent, many decry that casting her for Makoto’s role as “Whitewashing” where American actors are cast for non-American roles.
Nothing against Scarlett Johansson. In fact, I'm a big fan. But everything against this Whitewashing of Asian role.???? https://t.co/VS6r6iish9
— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) April 14, 2016
2015: Emma Stone = Asian.
2016: Scarlett Johansson = Asian.
Looks like that Academy call for diversity is working out well. #whitewash
— AwardsWatch (@awards_watch) April 15, 2016
no one is forcing Tilda Swinton and Scarlett Johansson to do this. They knowingly said "sure, let me take this role from a person of color"
— Joseph Fink (@PlanetofFinks) April 14, 2016
Do you think Johansson is fit for the character? If no, who do you think should play the role?