Meil Marshall's Hellboy became the latest Hollywood whitewashing controversy last month, casting Deadpool actor Ed Skrein in the role of Major Ben Daimio, a Japanese American in the comics. Skrein, previously unaware of the character's origins, dropped out in an unprecedented move, making way for a more appropriate actor to be cast – and more appropriate he certainly is.
THR reports Lost alumni Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to play the part (just to clarify, "in talks" alludes to legal negotiations, not just chatting about it). Kim also recently left Hawaii Five-0 over a salary dispute, and if you ask me, a Hellboy movie sounds like a step up.
Some folks still take issue with Kim being cast since he's Korean American, not Japanese American like the character. I get where the objections stem from, in that the white/western view of East Asians sees them as interchangeable, and a lot of people of colour are still fighting for visibility and opportunity. That said, much like the question of casting South Asians as Middle Easterners and vice versa, it's a little more complicated than an actor being wholly "right" or "wrong" from an ethnic standpoint, a binary that comes with its own political baggage. (If it's a history you're unfamiliar with, do tread lightly!)
In any case, a step in the right direction is a step in the right direction. We've got plenty of time to discuss this between now and the film's eventual 2018 release, so sound off below.