The biggest trailer drop last week following the many that were released at Comic Con that weekend was that of Zhang Yimou’s historical fantasy feature “The Great Wall” starring Matt Damon.
The big budget project has Damon as a soldier in China during the construction of The Great Wall and has already come under criticism from at least one corner for it being yet another period film about a white guy in a foreign land who ends up saving a civilization.
“Fresh Off The Boat” actress Constance Wu took to social media to voice her distaste for the project, saying it “perpetuates the racist myth that only a white man can save the world. It’s not based in actual fact. Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. (Gandhi). Mandela. Your big sister when she stood up for you to those bullies that one time.”
Damon’s casting of course is obvious – he’s one of the few actors out there that still has genuine star power and is still considered very ‘bankable’. It’s likely without him the project wouldn’t go forward, but that’s an answer Wu isn’t happy with. Check out her long opinion piece below.
Can we all at least agree that hero-bias & "but it's really hard to finance" are no longer excuses for racism? TRY pic.twitter.com/mvNet5PrtH
— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) July 29, 2016
With “The Great Wall” being a fantasy tale and the character not meant to be Asian, the film hasn’t received as much blowback as the likes of “Doctor Strange” and “Ghost in the Shell” which both scored criticisms for having white actresses taking on roles designed for a Tibetan man and Japanese woman respectively.