The casting of Scarlet Johanson in the Ghost in the Shell should be considered whitewashing. She is a white actress who was cast in a Japanese role. A Japanese or Asian actress should have been considered for this part rather than an American actress with no Asian heritage. There are few opportunities for large roles for non-white actresses and it should be considered whitewashing when a white actress is cast in a role meant for a non-white individual.
The role in Ghost In the Shell should be led by an Asian actor but Scarlett has the necessary combination of name recognition, star presence and action skills. It is a mistake to take a white actor and make her look more Asian to fit the role. It appears like whitewashing.
I agree that the casting of Scarlett Johanson in Ghost in the Shell could, and perhaps should, be seen as an example of whitewashing. Big movies now have such a worldwide and international appeal that a non-Caucasian lead would not be a detriment either to audience engagement or to audience numbers.
Yes, this is true. It is correct to say that the casting of Scarlett Johanson should be considered whitewashing. This is so because of the casting in in the movie Ghost in the Shell. Scarlett Johanson should have made it more realistic than it was actually produced. This is is why it is whitewashing.