Scar­lett seemed to me the most cy­ber­punk, through and through: Di­rec­tor praises lead ac­tress

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For all the talk of phi­los­o­phy, metaphors and con­ver­sa­tions, every­one’s eyes un­doubt­edly will be on the film’s lead­ing lady. San­ders called Jo­hans­son one of the most gifted ac­tors of her gen­er­a­tion and right for the dark, sexy, phys­i­cal role of the Ma­jor in al­most too many ways to enu­mer­ate.

“Scar­lett seemed to me the most cy­ber­punk, through and through,” San­ders said. “She’s got this at­ti­tude and this com­bi­na­tion of tough­ness and mas­culin­ity and great fem­i­nin­ity that is hard to find, and she’s such a ver­sa­tile ac­tor.

“From our first con­ver­sa­tions, early on, we both re­ally clicked about the Ma­jor and about what the Ma­jor should be and could be,” he said.

“Scar­lett came on board very ex­cited about the prospects of cre­at­ing this char­ac­ter.”

The film does fea­ture many Asian faces, but San­ders and the pro­duc­tion have taken flak over the cast­ing of a non-Asian as the Ma­jor, orig­i­nally an Asian char­ac­ter.

“I think the in­ter­net is a great naysayer,” the di­rec­tor said, “and, when you’re putting some­thing out, de­vel­op­ing some­thing or start­ing work, when there are no ma­te­ri­als out there, peo­ple just look for a way to at­tack you for what­ever rea­son. You see it across the board, in so many dif­fer­ent artis­tic medi­ums, but film es­pe­cially, be­cause every­one feels that they are an au­di­ence mem­ber, there­fore they rightly have an opin­ion. A lot of those opin­ions barely avoid neg­a­tiv­ity.

“For me,” he con­tin­ued, “when peo­ple see the film, I think they’ll un­der­stand that Scar­lett’s not play­ing an Asian role. She’s play­ing the cy­ber­netic shell of the Ma­jor. That’s true in the anime too. Peo­ple who know the anime will un­der­stand that and see that it’s fairly honest.”

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