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Ever since Scarlett Johansson was cast as the lead in Ghost In the Shell, fans have been less than happy.

The film is a live-action, American-made take on a classic Japanese manga and anime franchise, leaving many confused as to why ScarJo— an obviously non-Asian woman — was chosen as the lead. According to reports, the studio commissioned visual effects tests that would’ve altered Scarlett Johansson in post-production to “shift her ethnicity” and make the Caucasian actress appear more Asian in the film.

Paramount Studios clapped back and denied the claim, saying, “A test was done related to a specific scene for a background actor which was ultimately discarded. Absolutely no visual effects tests were conducted on Scarlett’s character and we have no future plans to do so.”

Fans will have to decide for themselves when the film hits theaters next year.

SOURCE: Vulture | PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram

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