Producer Talks “Ghost in the Shell” Whitewashing

The upcoming film adaptation of the classic manga “Ghost in the Shell” has come under fire for the whitewashing of its lead character, a Japanese female cyborg character named Major Motoko Kusanagi who in the film version will be played by Scarlett Johansson.

Talking about the project this week, the film’s producer Steven Paul has clarified some points of contention about the film with Buzzfeed. First up, he confirms her character will simply be referred to as ‘The Major’ in the film and that the setting will be in an ‘international world’ as opposed to the fictional Japanese city of the manga:

“I think everybody is going to end up being really happy with it. They’re going to be very, very happy with it when they see what we’ve actually done with it, and I don’t think anybody’s going to be disappointed. There [are] all sorts of people and nationalities in the world in Ghost in the Shell. We’re utilizing people from all over the world. … There’s Japanese in it. There’s Chinese in it. There’s English in it. There’s Americans in it.”

‘Ghost’ has been shooting in New Zealand and is currently targeting a March 31st 2017 release.