People Are Outraged Over The First Photo Of Scarlett Johansson In "Ghost In The Shell"

Welp.

When Scarlett Johansson was cast to star in Paramount and DreamWorks Pictures' live-action film adaptation of Ghost in the Shell in early 2015, fans of the beloved manga series criticized the studio for whitewashing Major Motoko Kusanagi.

But when the first official photo was released on Thursday of Johansson as simply "the Major," the backlash was reignited.

Seeing the photo of Johansson was personal for some Ghost in the Shell fans.

Ghost in the Shell was one of the most important movies to my brother and me growing up. It really does hurt to see it get this treatment.

Others slammed the casting choice and asked why Asian actors weren't considered.

here's a photo of how they casted the ghost in the shell movie:

Were all these women busy?? Were they contacted, Paramount? They've all acted in a superhero and/or SFF property.

It's not like they could have cast anyone else as Motoko for Ghost in the Shell.

gosh where could we possibly find a Japanese actress who kicks ass...????? NAH just cast ScarJo we can't find any

Oh look, the Internet has already made these. Which one makes more sense??? HMMMMMMM Hollywood 😐

Some people laid out the cold, hard facts.

It's astoundingly uncomplicated. Ghost in the Shell takes place in 21st century Japan, and Kusanagi is written as Japanese

Even The Joy Luck Club and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ming-Na Wen spoke out.

Nothing against Scarlett Johansson. In fact, I'm a big fan. But everything against this Whitewashing of Asian role.😒 https://t.co/VS6r6iish9

Paramount and DreamWorks Pictures is filming Ghost in the Shell in New Zealand right now. It's set to be released on March 31, 2017.