• The first image of Scarlett Johannson in "Ghost in the Shell" has pissed off a lot of people. (PARAMOUNT PICTURES)Source: PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Famous white Hollywood actor cast in non-white role and once again the film industry's history of "whitewashing" is called into question.
Mikey Nicholson

15 Apr 2016 - 2:08 PM  UPDATED 15 Apr 2016 - 2:08 PM

With filming of the live-action film version of Ghost in the Shell currently underway in New Zealand, the initial news of the film had fans excited for the release. What they weren't so keen on was the casting announcement of Scarlett Johannson in the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi. Now the studio has released the first image of Scarlett Johansson in the role and it has pissed off a lot of fans.

People were keen to offer up potential replacements.



Others were quick to re-iterate that Johansson is a white actor playing a person of colour.



Some were a little more sarcastic in their approach.



And others, well they used Hollywood history of poor casting choices to highlight their point on whitewashing.



I guess we'll all have to wait until March 2017 for the release of the film to see the finished product, but you be the judge of the casting choice:

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