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.
I feel like Wes Anderson is kinda rubbing it in AsAm’s faces by casting both ScarJo AND Tilda.
— Izandra (@Izandra) April 25, 2017
Dude wtf. ScarJo and Tilda AGAIN? Related: What world does Wes Anderson live in where only white ppl exist. Even the fantastic fox was white pic.twitter.com/glEHeqdMwT
— Bobby Hundreds (@bobbyhundreds) April 25, 2017
ScarJo and Tilda are in it, but how rude of Wes Anderson to leave Emma Stone out of puppy whitewashing movie pic.twitter.com/erdRfiaBRj
— Kevin Nguyen (@knguyen) April 25, 2017
@FilmFatale_NYC New Wes Anderson film set in Japan starring ScarJo and Tilda Swinton. We’re getting trolled.
— Mark Tseng-Putterman (@tsengputterman) April 25, 2017
If there’s one thing everyone needed it’s a movie about Japan directed by Wes Anderson and featuring Tilda Swinton and ScarJo pic.twitter.com/1U2ge8BIRq
— Lux Alptraum (@LuxAlptraum) April 25, 2017
This is for Wes Anderson, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, & whatever white nonsense comes out of this movie pic.twitter.com/iLvHLXdWPR
— Introverted Feminist (@IntrovertedF) April 25, 2017
Loads of white people.
TILDA SWINTON. https://t.co/qvLYG0zeqB
— Nathaniel Woo (@DrSwooss) April 25, 2017
I will say, Wes Anderson having Scarlett Johansson AND Tilda Swinton in a cartoon with any kind of Asian influence is… not great timing.
— Andrew Ihla (@AndrewIhla) April 25, 2017
scarlett johanson and tilda swinton in a movie with a seemingly japanese motif or premise directed by uberwhite wes anderson.
im not ready
— Pete Souza Petty (@KendraJames_) April 25, 2017
— James Kim (@TooManyJames_s) April 25, 2017
The target audience for Wes Anderson’s new “Isle of Dogs” movie https://t.co/gCHIK2afX3
— Chin Lu 呂錦華 (@ChinHuaLu) April 25, 2017
This Isle of Dogs BS just proves to me that Tilda and Scarjo do not actually care about racism in Hollywood. At all.
— Chris Lam (@OneWingedChris) April 25, 2017
— Laura (@lsirikul) April 25, 2017
Tilda Swindon AND Scarlett Johansson? Just need Matt Damon and Emma Stone to complete the set.
— Angry Asian Man (@angryasianman) April 25, 2017
How can he…whywould…but there’s so many…
— Jenny Yang (@jennyyangtv) April 25, 2017
Is all the fuss valid or is Twitter just too salty these days?