She has the cyberpunk feel. And we never imagined it would be a Japanese actress in the first place.
Sam Yoshiba, director of the international business division at Kodansha, the original Ghost in the Shell publisher, to the Hollywood Reporter in an interview after the film’s producers came out saying it was “supposed to be an international film anyway” in response to the Scar-Jo casting issues.
It’s not that manga characters can’t be from all over the world or be different races. It’s that a production of a Japanese story didn’t even conceptualize it with a Japanese face as the protagonist. Apparently Asian women are only in the imagination as sex objects or as animation, not as real and compelling characters. THIS is the crux of the problem - they couldn’t even imagine something mainstream with a Japanese woman.