Way back in January of 2015, the rumor mill spit out that Scarlett Johansson was picked up as the lead in Ghost in the Shell to the tune of $10 million. Today, Paramount released the first image of Johansson in costume as Motoko Kusanagi aka The Major.

If you haven’t noticed, ScarJo isn’t Japanese. Whitewashing of Asian characters seems to be a theme this week in Hollywood. First Doctor Strange, now this. Macau-American actress Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) took to social media to vent her frustration.

Hollywood has been getting better with PoC representation in recent years, but week’s like this prove we still have a long way to go. Oh! And if you need a refresher on why it’s okay to convert a white character to a minority but not the other way around, head over here.


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