- Paramount Plus announced the cast list for “Teen Wolf: The Movie” this week, with Arden Cho, who played Kira Yukimura in the MTV notably “not attached” to the project.
- Unidentified sources claimed that Cho declined to reprise her role because she was offered half the salary of her costars.
- Fellow “Teen Wolf” star Dylan O’Brien, who is also not returning, later “liked” a tweet about Cho’s refusal, leading fans to believe that he supports her decision.
- Cho, who has “liked” tweets about the news herself, expressed love for her fans in a tweet on Wednesday.
Arden Cho has expressed love for her fans after news of her refusal to be in the new “Teen Wolf” movie – purportedly due to having been offered half the compensation her co-stars were – made rounds on Tuesday.
Cho, who played the popular character Kira Yukimura in the MTV series, is “currently not attached” to the upcoming film at Paramount Plus, according to Variety, though additional names are set to be announced “at a later date.”
Kira, a Thunder Kitsune who first appeared in Season 3, captured fans’ hearts throughout Seasons 4 and 5 only to be cut from the show’s sixth and final season.
Although the three counterparts have not been named, Cho is the only actor of color among the four female regulars in the series.
Her “counterparts” can be assumed to be, however, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden and Shelley Hennig — all of whom are expected to return for the movie.
The report immediately sparked outrage on Twitter with some fans posing the question of why Cho might have been offered less than Reed’s character, Allison Argent, who is already dead on the show.
she got offered HALF of what allison got and ALLISON IS DEAD. SHES A GHOST. HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?!?!?!?!? https://t.co/xP1Hc5ypBU
— trin (@lovelltrin) February 16, 2022
This is literally so foul. The way all the white women series regulars (Crystal, Holland, & Shelley) were paid, but @arden_cho was only offered half? And Crystal’s character is literally dead! We been knew #TeenWolf was racist. https://t.co/9qttLajrP8
— Colethewolf (@Colethewolf) February 15, 2022
Will not be supporting after they offered Arden Cho a salary half that of her white co stars despite being a main character. Unacceptable
— The Book of Hunter Amidala (@PadmeMaximoff) February 15, 2022
I’m sorry what the fuck? Arden Cho deserves so much better
— Chloe Larosche ⧗ (@ChloeAL10) February 16, 2022
why tf is allison coming back??? shorty is DEAD!
pay Arden Cho her WORTH
— Thee Baldheaded Scallywag (@lilbinxx) February 16, 2022
Meanwhile, others have speculated that fellow cast member Dylan O’Brien — whose name was also missing from the cast list for the movie — supports Cho’s purported decision after he “liked” a tweet about the news.
Arden was offered half the salary everyone else got and passed on the movie. If you look through Dylan’s likes then you’ll see he liked a tweet supporting her decision
— ms good pussy (@gucciussy) February 16, 2022
Dylan O’Brien not giving a shit about TW and liking tweets about how badly they did Arden Cho is free serotonin
— spider-michaela 🕸 (@schuylermoores) February 16, 2022
dylan liked the tweet about arden ?? he’s such a real one
— vic loves lily bloom (@mickeyzendaya) February 16, 2022
Amid the ongoing controversy, Cho sent her fans love in a tweet on Wednesday. While she has not made any direct statements about “Teen Wolf” casting or compensation, she has “liked” tweets addressing the issue.
Love you, wish I could give you all hugs 🤗
— Arden Cho (@arden_cho) February 16, 2022
Cho’s tweet won supportive messages from fans, including from fellow “Teen Wolf” star Meagan Tandy, who played the mercenary Braeden from Sseasons 3 to 5 but was also not reported to return for the movie.
Sending you a BIIIIIIIGGGGGG hug. I’m proud of you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
— Meagan Tandy (@meagantandy) February 16, 2022
you deserve better. it’s crazy how this shit still happens. so unfair and ridiculous. i’m glad you stood up for yourself and walked away, it’s their loss. kira was such an amazing and important character but they never really appreciated her in the way she deserves. so sad pic.twitter.com/8RMVWJhWTF
— juli 💌 (@prfctexile) February 16, 2022
Im so proud of you for not putting up with that shit again 🤗
— Siya📍 (stydia’s version) | 2011-2022 (@StydiaAtHeart) February 16, 2022
queen we support you kira is the best girl in teen wolf and nobody can take that away from u
— lu is driving home 2 u (@frenchlmt) February 16, 2022
you’re the first name i looked for on that list. i freaking love your character so much and you deserve better
— loser girl #3 • 🐇🧣 (Taylor’s Version ) (@wholefangirl) February 16, 2022
“Teen Wolf: The Movie” is slated for release later this year. Cho, on the other hand, is set to lead legal drama “Partner Track” on Netflix, adapted from Helen Wan’s 2013 novel of the same name.