Scarlett Johansson is enjoying a seriously successful career right now, and not much can stop her.
Except, perhaps, a petition with thousands of signatures asking her to be tossed out of a movie.
Scarlett Johansson has just confirmed that she will be reprising her role as Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War.
Those of us that fancy ourselves appreciators of a great superhero movie are over the moon!
However, fans of the popular Japanese comic series Ghost in the Shell, are not super excited to see Scarlett Johansson in the lead for the upcoming live action adaptation.
They are so distraught, in fact, that they have started a petition online to boot her from the role and cast an Asian actress.
& yea Scarlett Johansson will most likely kill that role in Ghost In The Shell but I support not casting her for it.
— Mr. Rabbit (@YeaItsMeKpanks) January 18, 2015
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 ☆〜（ゝ。∂） (@Kidd_Vid) January 17, 2015
It has almost 19,000 signatures.
Ouch. But, surely Scarlett Johansson could understand the premise of the uproar.
called 'whitewashing' cuz that's what it is | Ghost in the Shell: Scarlett Johansson casting called ‘whitewashing’ http://t.co/pccqJgCz7z
— Disgruntled Haradrim (@pdjeliclark) January 11, 2015
Also, she is busy with so many Black Widow projects, she could throw a lesser-known Asian actress a chance to make her mark, right?
I don't think it's such a big deal that Scarlett Johansson was cast for Ghost in the Shell. She's brilliant, beautiful, and marketable.
— Sean Finnegan (@IMFinnegan) January 9, 2015
I mean, Scarlett Johansson is already busy with Avengers: Age of Ultron and she will soon be working on Captain America: Civil War.
What do you think? Do you love the thought of Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell or would you rather see an Asian actress in that role?