Wes Anderson’s next film, “Isle of Dogs”, is set for release in April 2018, but it’s already catching flak for some of its casting choices within the seemingly Asian-themed plot after the first movie poster was released on Tuesday.
Big names are attached to the project, including Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston, and Tilda Swinton and Scarlett Johansson — both of whom have recently been criticized for their roles in “Doctor Strange” and “Ghost in the Shell”, respectively.
Back in December, Swinton released an email exchange she had with comedian Margaret Cho who argued that the role of The Ancient One in “Doctor Strange” should have gone to an Asian actress.
Johansson received similar heavy criticism after many fans of “Ghost in the Shell” thought it was was wrong to cast her as Major Motoko Kusanagi.
Currently, not much is known about “Isle of Dogs” except that it is a stop-motion animated film featuring the voices of the star-studded cast in a story about a boy’s search for his dog in a Japanese setting.
The film’s poster depicts a person, who seems to be wearing a fighter pilot’s suit, surrounded by dogs and also includes the use of traditional Japanese kanji in red lettering for the names of the cast.
While “Isle of Dogs” will feature Japanese actors Mari Natsuki, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, as well as musicians Yojiro Noda and Yoko Ono, it did not stop Twitter users from commenting how the stop-motion movie might be another example of whitewashing.
Is all the fuss valid or is Twitter just too salty these days?