The internet has exploded this evening with the news that Johansson has been cast in this latest role. Some fans took to twitter to rage against the casting choice; to them the choice is obvious, unimaginative and more worryingly that it is a classic case of Hollywood whitewashing what should be an Asian role. On the other side of the fence though many took to twitter to express great excitement at the news; this was a perfect piece of news to them which may signal the material is about to get the adaptation treatment it has always deserved.
I too threw my thoughts about on twitter despite shamefully not really knowing anything about Ghost in the Shell other than that I should have acquainted myself with it a long time ago. No I was mostly interested in the news because it means that Johansson will be continuing to develop her action hero roles, which can only be good news. She is really proving herself in that mould with films like Lucy and Captain America: Winter Soldier under her belt, and the prospect of seeing her continue to pick out roles like that, alongside more unconventional choices like Under the Skin, makes her one of the most exciting actresses in Hollywood right now.
But what do you think?Are you excited about this casting choice? Is this a terrible case of whitewashing or will the film work perfectly well with Johansson cast? Let me know your opinion in the box below!