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Hellboy IS Replacing Ed Skrein With An Asian American Actor!

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Looks like this is one example of whitewashing that's actually getting cleaned up!

Two weeks ago, Brit hunk Ed Skrein gracefully (and very publicly) dropped out of Hellboy after being informed the role he had taken was half Japanese in comics.

Ed's unprecedentedly selfless move had a lot of eyes on the project, so producers were forced to find a more appropriate choice.

Related: Chloe Bennet BLASTS Commenter Who Calls Her A Hypocrite For Praising Ed's Decision!

And now it looks like they have in LOST vet Daniel Dae Kim.

According to multiple outlets, the Korean-American actor, who recently made headlines for leaving Hawaii Five-0 over not being paid as much as his costars, is in talks to replace Skrein as Major Ben Daimio.

Daniel is a strong corrective choice for the role both in being the correct race (though not nationality) AND because he's a longtime advocate for diversity in TV and film.

If talks go well, he will join Stranger Things star David Harbour and Milla Jovovich in the reboot, expected to hit theaters next year.

What do YOU think of the casting shakeup??

[Image via IPA/Ivan Nikolov/WENN/Dark Horse Comics.]

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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Star Chloe Bennet BLASTS Commenter Who Calls Her A Hypocrite For Praising Ed Skrein's Whitewashing Dodge!

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In case you hadn't heard, Deadpool villain Ed Skrein decided to step up and do the right thing.

When he found out the Hellboy role he'd scored was half Japanese in the comic books — and that his playing him, inadvertent or not, would be another example of Hollywood whitewashing — he quickly dropped out of the project with a thoughtful announcement.

Related: The Long History Of Hollywood Whitewashing

Chloe Bennet, the Chinese-American star of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., was just one of many stars who took note and applauded the unselfish move.

She posted to her Instagram:

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Ed Skrein Steps Down From Hellboy Reboot Over Whitewashing Controversy!

Ed Skrein is making a statement.

Ed Skrein was only cast in the Hellboy reboot a week ago, but he's already dropping out!

On Monday, the actor announced he would NOT be playing the role of Major Ben Daimio after receiving backlash for whitewashing the Asian character.

Video: Jamie Chung Gets Backlash Over "Bullshit" Casting Of Half-White Actor

In a thoughtful post on Instagram, the 34-year-old confessed:

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Scarlett Johansson Defends Herself Against Whitewashing Claims: 'I Would Never Attempt To Play A Person Of A Different Race, Obviously'

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Scarlett Johansson and the makers of Ghost In The Shell have faced a lot of criticism for being another example of Hollywood whitewashing.

In the film, ScarJo plays a cyborg called The Major (a character whose name in the original manga was Motoko Kusanagi), a role many have argued should have gone to a Japanese actress.

Related: Ghost In The Shell Meme-Generator TOTALLY Backfires

Now the Avenger is finally responding to the criticism by pointing out she's definitely not trying to play an Asian character.

In an interview with GMA's Michael Strahan, ScarJo explained:

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This Is Some First Degree Hollywood Whitewashing!

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This is why we can't have nice things. And by nice things, we mean diversity.

In a bright shining example of Hollywood whitewashing, CBS has reportedly cast two white actors in lead roles written specifically for minorities.

Related: Selena Gomez Says She Was Bullied During Her Disney Days

Mission Control is a hot new science fiction pilot by the author of The Martian, and just like in that novel Andy Weir populated his team of scientists with a diverse group of people reflecting the world at large.

Unfortunately, that's not going to happen at CBS.

The character of African American NASA commander Malik Stevenson will be played by

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Death Note Is Just A Footnote In The Long History Of Hollywood Whitewashing!

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Netflix has been hit this past week with a one-two punch of controversy thanks to claims of white exceptionalism in Marvel's Iron Fist and now pure whitewashing in the first trailer for Death Note.

The manga adaptation changed Light Yagami to Light Turner in the American movie, leading many to once again voice their displeasure with Hollywood's lack of representation for Asians.

Some have argued this is not whitewashing but rather just another remake relocating the setting and thus the nationality of the characters, like Let Me In or Death At A Funeral in recent years — but come on. You couldn't have cast a young Asian American actor in the lead role, considering the source material?

Usually this kind of change is at least done to accommodate a movie star… but we're sorry, Nat Wolff is no Scarlett Johansson!

Maybe this is a good time for the filmmakers to look back on the limited amount of progress that has been made — to give us an idea of how much better we can do!

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A History Of Hollywood Whitewashing!

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The practice of casting white actors in racially diverse roles has a long and troubling history in Hollywood.

Sometimes talented actors have thought they could play any role (looking at you, Laurence Olivier and Meryl Streep). In other cases, studios have altered roles to accommodate bigger stars (sorry, Scarlett Johansson).

In the VERY worst cases, performers have been made up to play racial stereotypes. Mickey Rooney's role, for instance, makes the Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast At Tiffany's unwatchable.

To see just a few examples of whitewashing through the years…

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