I'm planning on watching this only because I'm curious, but I have very low expectations for it and I'm doubtful it would be any good.
^ But we're talking about those specific roles that're supposed to be (or perceived to be) Asians here, not roles of the average population in the States, in which Asians are but a relatively small minority, of course.
Exactly! Characters and roles that are suppose
to be Asian should
be played by actors who are actually
Asian! Otherwise that's just horrible racist whitewashing.
I'm so pissed off that they had cast Scarlett Johansson in the lead role, an Asian character played by a white actor? It's ridiculous! They should have cast an actor who is actually Asian or at least have partial Asian descent for the main role!
But on the other hand, I can also understand Sony's reason for not casting an Asian actor for the lead role, sadly they're right...although there are plenty of Asian actors in America, but there are very few Asian actors in Hollywood who are actually successful, or bankable, if any at all. The studio wants an actress in the lead role who is famous and can actually sell a movie to the mainstream public, the studio's main objective is to make money, and production companies are always scared of losing money on a film. So they want a famous actress who would be able to draw profit and Scarlett certainly has that star power that the studio wants for this movie. An Asian actor might not be able to draw the kind of profit and sales that the studio is hoping for. So looking at the situation from this perspective, I can understand the studio's decision and reason for casting Scarlett in the lead role.
And if we think about this deeper, it's really not the studio's fault for casting a white actress to play the lead character who is suppose to be Asian, it's actually the fault of the American mainstream public. Because even now there are still racial discrimination against people of minority races in America, the mainstream public still typically favour white actors in general, while most Black actors and Asian actors are still struggling to find much success and support from the mainstream public. If there were more support and interest and success for Asian actors in America, then I think American production studios would be more keen on casting Asian actors in more lead roles in movies. But there are just not many successful Asian actors in Hollywood, especially female Asians, and that's the sad reality.
And I think the reason why people in Japan however are more accepting and forgiving of Sony for casting a white actor to play the lead role is because they know it's a Hollywood production and they understand that there's not many successful Asian actors in Hollywood, so they had expected the studio to cast a white actor to play the role, hence people in Japan were not surprised when Scarlett was cast, so they're more understanding about the casting.
It's different when you compare the reactions between Americans and Japanese people in Japan, because in America where the vast majority of the population is predominantly white, so when there is whitewashing like this people from minority racial groups in the country consider that as discrimination and racism, so there tends to be a lot of upset and dispute over something like this. But in Japan where the vast majority of the population are Japanese, it doesn't have that kind of impact on Japanese people, especially since the movie will be made by a different country. If Japan were to make a movie about a white person and they cast a Japanese actor to play a white character, then I'm sure some of the white people living in Japan would cry "racism" and complain too.