These days it seems we constantly speak about casting choices based on their ethnicity and not talent. Scarlett Johansson has proven she can carry a leading role of this significance all on her own. I would rather they gamble on a renowned actress, which I will be confident will knock it out of the park versus a potential unknown. That the problem today people over-judge studios for not being multicultural perhaps that true in some cases but there first priority is get the big name actors signed up, because that is what fills up the movies theaters and gets the money rolling in. Hollywood is a business, they make casting choices based on the amount of they will make off a certain movie.
That is why so many A list stars are extremely attractive white people, that is what sells, and unfortunately that is the truth and some people cannot seem to accept that. Do the people who sign these type of petitions really expect Hollywood to shell out hundreds of millions of dollars for a movie with actors that no one has ever heard of just because the original story has Japanese people? They are adapting Ghost in the Shell for an American audience in case you haven’t noticed. Let me just repeat that in case you haven’t gotten it the first time: American remake. AMERICAN REMAKE. No different than the remakes of Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars, Infernal Affairs, The Departed, Oldboy etc.
Majority of the people complaining are the narrow minded fan-boys and Social Justice Warriors. It makes me a little crazy when people assume that because it is a Japanese Anime/Manga, all the characters must be Japanese. I would argue that Motoko is somewhat race-less, and that she could therefore be played by any actress with something of a physical resemblance. Give her a purple wig, and I am pretty sure that the physical resemblance will be actually quite striking. Scarlett Johansson is one of the biggest female stars of the moment, and adding her name to a movie guarantees a certain draw. Bigger names mean bigger audiences, which means bigger box office figures simple as that.
And just for the record I am a massive Ghost in the Shell fan, and I seriously don’t mind the role being played by Scarlett Johansson as long as she delivers the performance. We know she can act, she can do action, and Hollywood knows she has the star power to fill the movie theater seats. I refuse to sign these kind of petition, because the people creating them do not have two brain cells to rub together. And I for one am sick and tired of this social justice double standard racial crap, that gets thrown around these days. I have no racial selectivity based-bias. I could care less if they have Scarlett Johansson, Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, or Shailene Woodley to play the role of the Motoko in Ghost in the Shell. Talent trumps ethnicity any day in my books when it comes to movies.