Scarlett Johansson faces backlash over controversial new role
“There are literally dozens of paraplegic actors no-one has heard of who could have played this role,” one person wrote on Twitter, “They’re just using a big name actress so that people actually see the film!”
The actress already caused controversy by playing a character that was originally written as Asian in 2017’s “Ghost In The Shell” and also playing the Russian Natalia Alianovna Romanova in the Marvel franchise.
“First it was Americanising the Russians as Black Widow and then whitewashing the Asians in ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and now abling disabled people in this film!” exclaimed another Twitter user.
Rupert Sanders, who directed “Ghost In The Shell”, is also set to direct this film.
“How can someone who is not a paraplegic play a paraplegic?” asked another, “actors should only play roles which actually mimic their own life circumstances.”
Jodie Foster also caused controversy when she came out as gay in her 2013 Golden Globes speech as she had only played heterosexual roles during her acting career.