Scarlett Johansson has had a busy week!
The beautiful starlet has signed on to reprise her Black Widow role in the upcoming film, Captain America: Civil War.
Scarlett Johansson isn’t the only one to have been confirmed to return for the third movie in the Captain America franchise.
Chris Evans will return in his role as Captain America, of course. I mean, who else?
Sebastian Stan will also return as the Winter Soldier and it is reported that Robert Downey, Jr. will bring his Iron Man character to the film.
Black Widow fans had feared that Scarlett Johansson’s character wouldn’t get a ton of screen time in Civil War, but it seems those fears are unfounded.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo said, ”We’ve been preparing for the movie since the one debuted last year. So, we’ve been working on it for a long time now.”
They continued, ”We’re very happy how it’s coming along… It’s going to star Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson will be back, Winter Soldier will be back, and Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man will also be joining us in the next film.”
So exciting for Scarlett Johansson!
She was also picked up this week for a starring role in the live action adaptation of the immensely popular Japanese comic series, Ghost in the Shell.
Fans aren’t as excited about that announcement, however.
While Scarlett Johansson has more than proven her chops as an action star, critics of the idea say that an Asian actress should have been chosen. Fans are so upset that they started an online petition demanding that she be removed from the role.
It states, “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.”
The petition continues, “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!”
i like Scarlett Johansson but casting her for Ghost in the Shell is just wrong. What about the girl from Pacific Rim? pic.twitter.com/RqbKmJLPQb
— Kidd Vid (@Kidd_Vid) January 17, 2015
So, Scarlett Johansson may not remain in Ghost in the Shell if fans have their way, but we can at least look forward to seeing much more of her as Black Widow in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron film, as well as in Captain America: Civil War.
What do you think of Scarlett Johansson’s latest roles?