Scarlett Johansson breaks silence over Ghost in the Shell whitewashing controversy

'I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person'

Jacob Stolworthy
Wednesday 08 February 2017 15:38 GMT

Upon the announcement that Scarlett Johansson was to play the lead in a live-action version of Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell, fans criticised the casting accusing it of being another example of Hollywood 'whitewashing.'

While some - including publisher Kodansha and producer Steven Paul - spoke out in defence of the casting, Johansson herself has remained remarkably quiet on the subject - until now.

In Marie Claire's March cover interview, Johansson said: “I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person. Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive.

She continued: "Also, having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity. Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that - the weight of such a big property on my shoulders.”

Amid the initial controversy, producer Paul stated that audiences will be "...very very happy with it when they see what we've actually done with it."

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Another 'whitewashing' controversy that hit Hollywood last year surrounded Tilda Swinton's character in Marvel film Doctor Strange.

Ghost in the Shell will be released in the UK on 31 March.

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