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Raising Hell: 'Hellboy' Casting Prompts Backlash Over 'Whitewashing'

The backlash follows previous "whitewashing" controversies including the castings of Emma Stone in "Aloha" and Scarlett Johansson in "Ghost in the Shell."

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    Raising Hell: 'Hellboy' Casting Prompts Backlash Over 'Whitewashing'
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    British actor Ed Skrein earlier this week joined the cast of the "Hellboy" reboot "Rise of the Blood Queen" despite outcry from some over casting issues.

    A Hollywood film yet again finds itself responding to a social-media outcry over the casting of a Caucasian actor in a role that was originally Asian-American.

    British actor Ed Skrein earlier this week joined the cast of the "Hellboy" reboot "Rise of the Blood Queen." His character Ben Daimio is Japanese-American in Mike Mignola's "Hellboy" comics, and many are objecting to the role not going to an Asian-American actor.

    The backlash follows previous "whitewashing" controversies including the castings of Emma Stone in "Aloha" and Scarlett Johansson in "Ghost in the Shell."

    The film's distributor, Lionsgate, declined comment. A representative for Skrein didn't respond to queries Wednesday.

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