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DreamWorks will whitewash “Ghost in the Shell” remake

DreamWorks will whitewash “Ghost in the Shell” remake

DreamWorks has cast Scarlett Johansson in their adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. The franchise originates from Japan where the protagonist is Motoko Kusanagi, a Japanese cyborg. This casting is significant because we’re seeing Hollywood continue the trend of whitewashing roles from source material that features Asian leads–all while failing to provide roles for Asian American actors. ...
Jim Sturgess is a Tool

Jim Sturgess is a Tool

Image: Verified twitter post from actor Jim Sturgess, who is white and appears in yellowface in the upcoming film Cloud Atlas. Sturgess writes: “Yellowface? Blackface? Pinkface? Pinkberry? Blackberry? Crackberry? Blueberry? Strawberry? Bananas? Frozen Yogurt? All the toppings?.Lovely! After Phil Yu posted this, I spent a couple hours stewing in a pit of rage. I’m still angry. And I...
Tetsu-whoa!  Akira Rumor Round-Up

Tetsu-whoa! Akira Rumor Round-Up

A lot of casting and financing rumors about Akira have been bubbling up in the big online entertainment rags, so we’ve compiled them in this article. Warner Bros. seems to be stubbornly moving forward with the project even though A-listers and financiers are running away. Casting Squabbles between the Director and the Brass According to Vulture, Warner Bros. new President, Jeff Robinov, has...
Actor George Takei Talks “AKIRA” with CBC Radio

Actor George Takei Talks “AKIRA” with CBC Radio

Art by Ken Taya “We want Akira to be successful. And they can make it successful by not offending the people that love Akira.” – George Takei On May 2nd, CBC Radio’s Jian Ghomeshi interviewed George Takei about his position on Warner Bros. Picture’s proposed adaptation of Akira. In March and April the Asian American community expressed concerns about rumors that the...
George Takei Interviewed About Akira Casting

George Takei Interviewed About Akira Casting

The Advocate‘s online news section published an interview with George Takei with his thoughts on Warner Bros. proposed adaptation of AKIRA: Takei to WB: Do the Right Thing. THE ADVOCATE: Why do you think there seems to be a reluctance to cast Asian-American actors in leading roles? GEORGE TAKEI: I don’t think it’s a reluctance, they just don’t know better. They have the experience of...
George Takei tweets out on “whitewashed Akira”

George Takei tweets out on “whitewashed Akira”

UPDATE: April 19th, 2011 Taking his twitter critiques a step further, George Takei is now asking his followers to retweet at Warner Bros.! RT: Hey @wbpictures! I’m with @GeorgeTakei and @cinemablend! Leave the white guys out of it and keep Akira Asian! – George Takei Click here to retweet George Takei “Young Asian actors get few opportunities in Hollywood. Warner Bros couldR...
Asian American community reaches out to Warner Bros. about AKIRA

Asian American community reaches out to Warner Bros. about AKIRA

On Tuesday, March 29th, Racebending.com and several Asian American community organizations voiced concerns about the casting process for AKIRA and other upcoming Warner Bros. productions including adaptations of Death Note and All You Need is Kill. The organizations are requesting a meeting with the studio and these productions. Last week, the Asian American community was appalled to see enterta...
“AKIRA” adaptation courts white actors

“AKIRA” adaptation courts white actors

Deadline.com reports that the script for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ American live-action adaptation of the manga Akira has been sent to a short list of actors. Although the characters will retain their original names — Kaneda and Tetsuo– from the Japanese graphic novels, the story will be set in “Neo-Manhattan.” Deadline reports the names of actors current...

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