‘Ghost in the Shell’: Scarlett Johansson casting called ‘whitewashing’

Jan. 10, 2015 | 5:00 a.m.
Actress Scarlett Johansson (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
“We’re seeing Hollywood continue the trend of whitewashing roles from source material that features Asian and Asian American leads while failing to provide roles for Asian American actors,” said Marissa Lee, co-founder of Racebending, a grass-roots organization that advocates for diverse media representation.
Major Motoko Kusanagi from Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 film "Ghost in the Shell." (Kodansha / Bandai Visual / Manga Entertainment)

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