It’s official: Scarlett Johansson has signed on to appear in directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s hotly anticipated superhero outing Captain America: Civil War.
If you’re a Black Widow fan who was deeply concerned that the sultry butt-kicker would sit on the sidelines while Cap and the gang get down to serious business, then you can breathe a sigh of relief. According to the Press Association, Johansson will join Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. in the forthcoming blockbuster.
Anthony Russo reportedly confirmed the cast during a recent event in China.
“We’re very happy how it’s coming along. Captain America 3 is gonna be called Captain America: Civil War and it’s going to star Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson will be back, Winter Soldier [Sebastian Stan] will be back, and Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man will also be joining us in the next film.”
Fans of Scarlett Johansson had better clear their schedules, as the actress is popping up all over the place in the coming months. In addition to reprising her role as Black Widow in Civil War, she’s also slated to appear in the Coen brothers’ comedy Hail, Caesar! alongside George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill.
Check out some pics of Scarlett on the set of Hail, Caesar! below.
— Zeleb (@ZelebSpain) January 17, 2015
ON SET: Scarlett Johansson filming Coen’s ‘Hail Caesar!’ which stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum & George Clooney: pic.twitter.com/cGZHVGnoEP
— Scarl Johansson News (@scarlett_news) January 17, 2015
However, it’s Johansson’s role in the live-action remake of the classic animated flick Ghost in the Shell that has tongues wagging these days. Since people aren’t too happy about a white girl portraying an Asian character in Rupert Sanders’ adaptation.
According to the New York Daily News, folks are more than eager to boot Scarlett Johansson out of the role. Not surprisingly, someone put together an online petition in order to express their disappointment over the controversial casting.
Advocacy group Care2 is particularly upset about the situation.
“The original film is set in Japan, and the major cast members are Japanese. So why would the American remake star a white actress? The industry is already unfriendly to Asian actors without roles in major films being changed to exclude them.”
Are you happy that Scarlett Johansson is returning for Captain America: Civil War? What do you think about her casting in Ghost in the Shell?
[Lead image via Marvel Studios]