Ed Skrein drops his movie role after being accused of whitewashing

Making changes people, making changes.

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You’ll probably know Ed Skrein best for his role as Daario in Game of Thrones — well, at least before he was replaced by Michiel Huisman

However, Ed was hitting the headlines last week when he was cast in the role of Major Ben Daimo in the upcoming Hellboy reboot. The announcement had a bad backlash, as Major Ben Daimo (in the original comic books) is meant to be of Japanese American heritage, whereas Ed is English and is of Austrian-Jewish descent.

He had some pretty sour tweets sent his way on the matter:

In response to the reactions, Ed decided to step down from the role — which is huge as Hellboy is a hella big franchise and he's probably turning down a mighty fine paycheck.

Ed announced the news where all of this drama began, on Twitter:

The producers of the film issued a public statement about Ed’s decision to say goodbye to the role, saying:

Other movies, such as Ghost in the Shell, have been accused of whitewashing with their casting choices recently and Asian actors have come forward to air their concerns.

Chloe Bennet took to Instagram to praise Ed’s big move, after she has spoken out about having to change her last name from ‘Wang’ to ‘Bennet’ in order to be hired in Hollywood:

"Changing my last name doesn't change the fact that my BLOOD is half Chinese, that I lived in China, speak Mandarin or that I was culturally raised both American and Chinese. It means I had to pay my rent, and Hollywood is racist and wouldn't cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable. I'm doing everything I can, with the platform I have, to make sure no one has to change their name again, just so they can get work. So kindly love, fuck off."

Fingers crossed that Ed’s bold move makes some serious waves in the industry, and less whitewashing will make its way to our cinema screens.