Hollywood whitewashing of asian characters is nothing new. The casting of Scarlett Johansson as Major in Ghost in the Shell, and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in Doctor Strange, set fans teeth on edge.
It looked to be happening once again until Ed Skrein announced he would not be taking a role in the new Hellboy after learning the character was Asian.
According to sociologist and author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood, Actors and Racism , Nancy Wang Yeun, the problem begins with ridiculous stereotypes held by too many white directors and writers. Yeun was told by one casting director:
“I work with a lot of different people, and Asians are a challenge to cast because most casting directors feel as though they’re not very expressive. They’re very shut down in their emotions … If it’s a look thing for business where they come in they’re at a computer or if they’re like a scientist or something like that, they’ll do that; but if it’s something where they really have to act and get some kind of performance out of, it’s a challenge.”