It has been confirmed that Scarlett Johansson, who will reprise her role as Black Widow in the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron, ” will also play the character for a fifth time in the third Captain America Movie. But at the same time a group of critics is trying to have her dumped from the upcoming live action version of “Ghost in the Shell.”
“Ghost in the Shell” will be based on the acclaimed anime picture of the same name from 20 years ago. It will have something to do with a cyborg cop who fights crime, but it is not clear yet how true the remake will be to the original.
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Now a petition has been posted on line asking DreamWorks to recast the movie’s starring role. Purists believe that a Japanese actress should get the part in the live action version of an anime movie from Japan.
The petition reads, “The original film is set in Japan, and the major cast members are Japanese. So why would the American remake star a white actress? The industry is already unfriendly to Asian actors without roles in major films being changed to exclude them. One recent survey found that in 2013, Asian characters made up only 4.4% of speaking roles in top-grossing Hollywood films.”
“Dreamworks could be using this film to help provide opportunities for Asian-American actors in a market with few opportunities for them to shine — please sign the petition asking them to reconsider casting Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell and select actors who are truer to the cast of the original film!”
If the film does get recast, Johansson fans will at least get another chance to see her kick ass while showing off her own derriere in a tight black costume once again in “2016 in Captain America: Civil War.” This time Robert Downey Jr. will make an appearance as Ironman. The movie’s plot deals with some sort of feud between Captain America and Ironman.
As of now, Johansson is to play Black Widow a total of seven times: Three Avengers Movies, two Captain America Movies, one Ironman Movie and a much anticipated Black Widow spinoff.