Meh. I think that if you're going to film a Japanese movie with Japanese characters, it's ridiculous to hire white actors and change the name of the character and use special effects to make people look more Asian when they could just hire an Asian actor in the first place, no?
I don't think that's any more 'outrageous' than Zoe Saldana being cast as Nina Simone in the upcoming biopic.
I actually posted a question regarding that beecuase yes, they both have negroid origins, but Nina still had to wear make-up to make her skin darker, in addition to nose prosthetics to increase her likening to Nina. Basically the same kind of things which would need to be done in Scarlett, a white woman, being case as an Asian. But of course when it's only to do with poc, like with Zoe being transformed into Nina, everyone turns a blind eye.
'She's still black', which of course negates the fact that it's the same fucking procedure, the only difference being that Nina is not white. -_-
I'm confused. If it's perfectly alright for Johansson, a white woman, to star as Motoko, why would they need CGI to make her look more Asian? Also, Kusanagi Motoko is 100% a Japanese name... Can't they just change the characters' names? Then we could all avoid this shit-storm.
That said, I'm more concerned if this movie is going to be shitty... because that seems the fate of most manga-to-movie adaptations :/ Someone PLEASE name me one, just one, Hollywood take on a manga or anime that did well, so I can actually hope.
I don't really see the issue either there's plenty of manga-to-movie productions in Japan where they use Asian actors in Caucasian roles, too, and give them contact lenses and wigs so they look more Caucasian. Typical example of the PC madness in America going too far.
stuff like that happens a lot, bad casting is annoying in general. like the time they made all of the attack on titan live action characters japanese but in the story, mikasa is the only japanese person alive. it'd be better to cast according to the story line in all movies.
I don't know much about this role or movie but it is true that white people always get chosen for Asian roles. It's not fair to the Asian actresses who could easily play these roles. I get america is 70% white but in cases like this we need to step aside and let poc have their opportunities.
why not actually cast a japanese woman? i just think it's dumb to go through the trouble of making a white lady appear japanese when there's a large amount of japanese actresses who would love to take on that role.
She doesn't look Asian at all, so basically the outrage is just stupid, the typical complains by people that have nothing else to do in life, just like those who complained about the black guy from star wars.
People need to realize that movies are a fantasy land, and part of that fantasy is using actors who are famous and well liked by the audience. It also draws in more money so they can actually make the movie. You can cast somebody who is the appropriate race but if they aren't famous it's not going to matter, not very many people will watch the movie, if the movie isn't mind blowing. It's not like we can just make more races become actors either. It's not that simple. Even if someone will a lot of sway in the movie industry helped push someone to fame by giving them good roles in good movies, they still might jot be liked by the audience.
To be honest anime people don't even look Asian secondly so what it's a fictional film unless her being Asian is really important why does it matter. Finally people don't complain when Johnny storm is black or the dark tower main character is black, also the same SJW's complaing about this were pissed when spiderman was made white in civil war, it's like they have two standards for white people and others.
So people think it's okay for a black man to play as Johnny Storm from the Fantastic 4 movie, (who was always classically a fictional blonde white man) but not okay for a white woman to play as an fictional Asian woman? I'm sensing another ironic double standard against whites here...
Also, I'm sorry but anime characters neither look Asian or White, so why the hell does it matter? I mean where on earth do people even have peculiar hair colours, big eyes, tiny noses etc?
No I don't think it is ridiculous. It is a story set in Japan portraying unanimously Japanese characters. Hiring somebody like Johansson to play the role is a textbook example of whitewashing and of disrespect for the source material.
But who cares really, the moment they announce another Hollywood rehash of a Japanese work you know it is going to be a complete farce as per usual.
meh I can see why they are upset seeing how the character is actually Asian and they are casting a white ginger to play her, but at the same time I personally don't see it as a big deal to be honest with you. I mean it's just a movie.
when i first read the news, i was suprised that they were casting Scarlett in a japanese live action movie, but then i think it is justified because the character who she is potraying doesn't look much Asian. So, i do agree with your views.