This month, it was announced that Scarlett Johansson would play the lead role in “Ghost in the Shell,” the first American adaptation of the popular anime book series about a female cyborg cop. Given the paucity of roles written for East Asian actresses, cries of whitewashing deserved to be heard. But some felt that, if a white woman had to be cast, Scar-Jo was the perfect pick.
With her Marilyn Monroe curves, full lips, sparkling eyes, and low-key charisma, it would be easy for the former child star to coast on an endless wave of mainstream Hollywood wife and prostitute roles. Instead, ever since she broke out in 2003′s “Lost in Translation,” Johansson keeps playing against type – subverting her good looks by playing cartoons of femininity that, in many cases, are not even human.
Consider these six roles. (more…)