London, Jul 10 (ANI
): Earlier, when the move of casting Scarlett Johansson
as the lead in ' Ghost in the Shell
' was branded as another example of "Hollywood whitewashing," producer Steven Paul defended the film, calling it an "international story."
Now, in an interview with AP, Kaori Momoi, a Japanese actor who appeared in 'Memoirs of a Geisha,' has been revealed to be playing the 'Lucy' star's mother in the Hollywood remake of classic Japanese anime, the Independent reported.
That seems to confirm that the 31-year-old actress' character has Japanese heritage.
Talking about her part, Momoi said: "I felt blessed to have worked with her (Johansson)." She also described Hollywood as an amazing opportunity for Asian actors.
To many fans, this has come as quite a contradiction, as why would they distance The Major from the Kusanagi, only to make her half-Japanese? It's also surprising that the filmmakers are persuing the Japanese aspect of the character
, yet haven't hired a Japanese
The film is set to hit the UK cinemas on 31 March, 2017. (ANI