Ghost in the Shell Producers Attempting to Make White Actors Look More… Asian?

When the first official image of Scarlett Johansson was released for the Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks live-action version of Ghost in the Shell, the studios may not have been given the reactions they had hoped for. Adapted from the popular anime film, Ghost in the Shell is a Japanese property that fans had hoped would cast a Japanese actress for the lead role as “The Major”, but the studio went with big name actress Scarlett Johansson instead.

First official image HERE

What is coming out of undisclosed sources close to the film over at Screen Crush is that the whitewashing of the characters may take an even more racist tone. The visual effects tried out on the film have attempted to make the cast have a more Asian look due to the outcry of the film. The FX are coming from the help of Lola VFX – worked on the award-winning The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – and are trying to put a post-production touch up on the characters ethnicity.

Paramount has effectively denied this with a statement that reads:

A test was done related to a specific scene for a background actor which was ultimately discarded. Absolutely no visual effects tests were conducted on Scarlett’s character and we have no future plans to do so.

As a fan of anime and specifically Ghost in the Shell, the themes are rooted in Japanese themes and culturally specific narrative as also stated by Japanese comic-book writer Jon Tsuei. It’s like Gods of Egypt and Exodus: Gods and Kings all over again, but only without actual make-up to make Joel Edgerton “Egyptian”.

What are your thoughts and comments on this rumor?

Source: Screen Crush


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