Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, “Exodus: Gods and Monsters”
Christopher Abbott and Alfred Molina, “Whisky Tango Foxtrot”
Emile Hirsch, “Speed Racer”
Emma Stone, “Aloha”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Prince of Persia”
Jennifer Connolly, “A Beautiful Mind”
Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth, “21”
Johnny Depp, “The Lone Ranger”
Josh Hartnett, “30 Days of Night”
Justin Chatwin, “Dragonball Evolution”
Liam Neeson, “Batman Begins”
Max Minghella, “The Social Network”
Mina Suvari, “Stuck”
Nat Wolff, “Death Note”
Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone, “The Last Airbender”
Rooney Mara, “Pan”
Scarlett Johansson, “Ghost in the Shell”
Tilda Swinton, “Doctor Strange”
Tom Cruise, “Edge of Tomorrow”
The conversation surrounding Hollywood whitewashing was reignited yet again this week when Ed Skrein was cast as Major Ben Daimio in “Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen” and then dropped out after backlash erupted over an English actor taking on a Japanese-American character.
Skrein’s decision to leave the film was a smart one, but his original casting is just the latest in an on-going trend in which minority film roles are given to white actors. Everyone from Angelina Jolie to Anthony Hopkins, Emma Stone, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Scarlett Johansson have contributed to Hollywood’s whitewashing problem.
Click through the gallery to see the worst whitewashing cases of the 21st century so far.
The YA zombie-romance “Warm Bodies” finds Analeigh Tipton playing the role of Nora, who Isaac Marion originally wrote as a half-Ethiopian girl in his 2013 novel.
Angelina Jolie earned some of the best reviews of her career with “A Mighty Heart,” despite the fact she was playing the role of Mariane Pearl, who is mixed race. Pearl’s father was Dutch-Jewish and her mother was Afro-Chinese-Cuban. The real Mariane gave Jolie her blessing to play the part before she signed on.
The second of Angelina Jolie’s whitewashed roles was her turn as Fox in the adaptation of Mark Millar and J. G. Jones comic book series “Wanted.” Fox was written as an African-American woman and was partly inspired by Halle Berry.
One of the main characters in Philip Roth’s novel “The Human Stain” is an African-American professor named Coleman Silk who passes as white. Anthony Hopkins was cast in the role for Miramax’s adaptation.
Best Picture winner “Argo” is one of the highlights of Ben Affleck’s career, but his decision to cast himself as the lead Tony Mendez, who in real life is Hispanic, didn’t sit right with many.
Carey Mulligan’s role in “Drive” was originally written as a Latina woman in James Sallis’ novel. Mulligan was cast after she met director Nicolas Winding Refn, who felt strongly she was the perfect actress for the part.
Ridley Scott faced extreme backlash for casting Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, and many other Caucasian actors in his Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” Bale as Moses and Edgerton as Ramesses II were particular blindspots.
White actors Christopher Abbott and Alfred Molina were cast as Afghan characters in the Tina Fey-starring “Whisky Tango Foxtrot.”
The Wachowski siblings whitewashed the entire main family in “Speed Racer,” based on the 1960s Japanese anime and manga series of the same name. The Japanese family is turned into a midwestern one played by the likes of Emile Hirsch, John Goodman, and Susan Sarandon.
Emma Stone faced a ton of controversy for her role in Cameron Crowe’s maligned “Aloha.” The recent Oscar winner plays Allison Ng, who is stated as having a father of half-Chinese and half-Native Hawaiian descent, plus a mother of Swedish descent.
Disney and director Mike Newell opted to cast Jake Gyllenhaal over an Iranian actor in the lead role for their “Prince of Persia” video game adaptation.
Connolly won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Alicia Nash in Ron Howard’s “A Beautiful Mind.” Nash was from El Salvador in real life.
Robert Luketic’s “21” is adapted from the best-selling book “Bringing Down the House,” which tells the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team. A majority of the members were Asian-American, but the film cast Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth in the lead roles.
Johnny Depp has claimed he has some Native American heritage, but that didn’t make his casting as Comanche sidekick Tonto in Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” adaptation any less easier to accept.
David Slade’s comic book adaptation “30 Days of Night” cast Josh Hartnett as Alaskan sheriff Eben Olemaun, who is of Inuit descent in the source material. The character’s last name was changed to Oleson to accommodate Hartnett’s casting.
One of the most notorious cases of whitewashing is the casting of Canadian actor Justin Chatwin as Goku in Hollywood’s adaptation of the Japanese anime series “Dragon Ball Z.”
Liam Neeson plays Ra’s al Ghul in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins,” but the character is of Arab descent in the comic books.
Max Minghella is half-Chinese and half-Italian British, but that didn’t stop David Fincher from casting him as ConnectU co-founder Divya Narendra, who is of Indian descent in real life.
“Stuck” is inspired by the true story of Chante Jawan Mallar, a 25-year-old African American woman who hit a homeless man and left him for dead stuck in her windshield. Mallard’s name was changed to Brandi Boski and the character was played by Mena Suvari in the film.
Adam Wingard’s “Death Note” moved Tsugumi Ohba’s Japanese manga series “Death Note” from its original Japanese setting to Seattle, casting Nat Wolff in the role of Light Turner.
M. Night Shyamalan’s career took a nosedive when he decided to cast white actors Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone in the lead roles of his “The Last Airbender” adaptation. The characters in the original series are all of Asian descent.
The Native American characer Tiger Lily is played by Rooney Mara in Joe Wright’s disastrous Peter Pan origin story “Pan.”
Scarlett Johansson came under fire for taking on the lead role in Hollywood’s “Ghost in the Shell” adaptation. Masamune Shirow’s manga series is entirely made up of Japanese characters, including Major Motoko Kusanagi.
The Ancient One hails from the fictional Himalayan kingdom of Kamar-Taj in the “Doctor Strange” comic books, but Disney and Marvel cast Tilda Swinton in the role instead of an actor of Asian descent.
“Edge of Tomorrow” is based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s Japanese novel “All You Need is Kill” and finds Tom Cruise in the starring role. The character was changed from Keiji Kiriya to Major William “Bill” Cage.