Good job Niantic.
Good job Niantic.
People are upset because they're claiming whitewashing. While I can understand the merits of these arguments I have a few counter arguments.
1.) Scarlett Johansson is an A lister right now and is coming off of a particularly hot streak as female sci-fi action hero (Iron Man 2, Under the Skin, Her, Captain America, Avengers). For an obscure industry like anime to make a breakthrough with a mainstream popular actress like Johansson, there are few other actresses who fit the bill in terms of mainstream perception.
I'm all about casting an actor to the role that best fits them and to my mind, choosing someone's ethnic background vs anything else seems hugely misguided.
2.) Everyone's upset that Hollywood isn't giving Asian actors more roles and while this is true, this level of superficial racial preferences for characters whose racial identity isn't at all related to what make these characters great in the first place is getting tiresome. Are you going to start protesting Korean actors who take on Chinese or Japanese roles? What about Korean actors from Seoul, playing a character who's from Busan?
It seems like a weird double standard because it's not like people did background checks on Mel Gibson to ensure a true Scotsman was playing William Wallace, whose character by the way pivots around his ethnic background vs a cartoon character.
3.) Live action remakes of animes generally suck anyway so the silver lining here is we're not going to be ruining any new, upcoming Asian actor's career by dumping them in this movie.
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