Here We Go Again: A White Guy Will Play An Asian Character In 'Spider-Man'
Hollywood clearly has a reading problem.
The issue of whitewashing characters in films, particularly in adaptations of source material, has been a big topic of conversation lately. While whitewashing in film has been around basically since the invention of the medium, the subject gained traction in popular media after Emma Stone played a character named Allison Ng in Cameron Crowe's Aloha, who is supposed to be part Chinese. It's good that people are less and less willing to stay quiet about the decisions Hollywood is making that shut out Asian actors, and other performers of color. Unfortunately, it hasn't yet made a huge difference in Hollywood casting decisions. Scarlett Johansson is currently filming Ghost In The Shell, based on a popular Japanese manga, in which she plays a character named Major Motoko Kusanagi.
And now, the new Spider-Man will have a white guy playing a beloved Asian character from the comic books.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is due for release on July 7, 2017. In the comics on which the movie is based, Spider-Man himself is Miles Morales, not Peter Parker. Morales is half-black and half-Latino. His best friend Ganke Lee is Korean.
The character based on Ganke Lee in the films has been given to Michael Barbieri, who is currently shooting The Dark Tower. It's unclear if Barbieri's character will have the same name, though Comic Book reported that "sources tell us Barbieri's character will be a new one, though he'll be based off the Ultimate Spider-Man character Ganke."
In the new film, Spider-Man is played by Tom Holland, who appeared in Captain America: Civil War, and yes, he's white as well, unlike Miles Morales. The whole thing is a shame, especially considering how many iterations of Spider-Man there have been at this point. The world doesn't need another white superhero.