Wes Anderson's latest film, "Isle of Dogs," won't hit theaters until April 2018, but the film's poster is already raising eyebrows, along with accusations of more Hollywood whitewashing.
There are a handful of notable names on the poster, which was revealed Tuesday. Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston and Scarlett Johansson are all listed on the film which has been described by Anderson with very little detail.
All we know so far is that "Isle of Dogs" is based on a boy's journey in search of his dog, set in Japan. The film's poster shows an image of a man alongside a few furry friends, and also includes traditional Japanese text in a vibrant red color.
It's interesting to see yet another film that has traditional Asian details is surrounded by a cast of mostly white actors, including Johansson and Swinton, who were recently slammed with backlash for their roles in "Ghost in the Shell" and "Doctor Strange."
Swinton famously went head-to-head with Margret Cho in an email exchange after Cho said the role of Doctor Strange should have been played by an Asian actress. Similarly, many thought Johannason was wrongly cast as Major Motoko Kusanagi in "Ghost in the Shell."
After the poster for the new Anderson poster came a slew of comments via Twitter from users that noted this might be another instance of "whitewashing".
I feel like Wes Anderson is kinda rubbing it in AsAm's faces by casting both ScarJo AND Tilda.— Izandra (@Izandra) April 25, 2017
Dude wtf. ScarJo and Tilda AGAIN? Related: What world does Wes Anderson live in where only white ppl exist. Even the fantastic fox was white pic.twitter.com/glEHeqdMwT— Bobby Hundreds (@bobbyhundreds) April 25, 2017
Uh oh. I usually like Wes Anderson movies. But seeing this + Tilda and ScarJo, I'm bracing myself. https://t.co/yZn2t51VUs— Samantha Lui (@samanthalui_) April 25, 2017
@FilmFatale_NYC New Wes Anderson film set in Japan starring ScarJo and Tilda Swinton. We're getting trolled.— Mark Tseng-Putterman (@tsengputterman) April 25, 2017
ScarJo and Tilda are in it, but how rude of Wes Anderson to leave Emma Stone out of puppy whitewashing movie pic.twitter.com/erdRfiaBRj— Kevin Nguyen (@knguyen) April 25, 2017
If there's one thing everyone needed it's a movie about Japan directed by Wes Anderson and featuring Tilda Swinton and ScarJo pic.twitter.com/1U2ge8BIRq— Lux 🤢 Alptraum (@LuxAlptraum) April 25, 2017
This is for Wes Anderson, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, & whatever white nonsense comes out of this movie pic.twitter.com/iLvHLXdWPR— Introverted Feminist (@IntrovertedF) April 25, 2017
Wes Anderson directing a movie set in Japan starring Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton. What could go wrong???https://t.co/BpdCQLQkVJ— Peter Trinh (@petertrinh) April 25, 2017
Wes Anderson.— Nathaniel Woo (@DrSwooss) April 25, 2017
Loads of white people.
TILDA SWINTON. https://t.co/qvLYG0zeqB
I will say, Wes Anderson having Scarlett Johansson AND Tilda Swinton in a cartoon with any kind of Asian influence is... not great timing.— Andrew Ihla 🦉 (@AndrewIhla) April 25, 2017
scarlett johanson and tilda swinton in a movie with a seemingly japanese motif or premise directed by uberwhite wes anderson.— Pete Souza Petty (@KendraJames_) April 25, 2017
im not ready
Poster for new wes anderson is another victory for the reality is simulation and someone is fucking with us theory, thought it was a parody— Diseased Gobble Chop (@3spooky5u) April 25, 2017
🆗🆒 tilda & scarjo! L M A O 🆒🆒🆒 https://t.co/dIJ72RzFlK— Wendy 🌙 ⭐️ (@AngrygirLcomics) April 25, 2017
Is this for fucking real. Uh. This HAS to be a joke right???????? https://t.co/ZesLbmEjfs— Wei Ming Kam (@weimingkam) April 25, 2017
SCAR JO AND FISHER AND TILDA, is Wes Anderson collecting actors with records of yellow/brown face/whitewashing????— Wei Ming Kam (@weimingkam) April 25, 2017
👇🏼 👇🏼 👇🏼 The target audience for Wes Anderson's new "Isle of Dogs" movie https://t.co/gCHIK2afX3— Chin Lu 呂錦華 (@ChinHuaLu) April 25, 2017
This Isle of Dogs BS just proves to me that Tilda and Scarjo do not actually care about racism in Hollywood. At all.— Chris Lam (@OneWingedChris) April 25, 2017
All for cute puppers, but I am tickled that OF COURSE, my fave Hollywood Asians ScarJo & Tilda are here to rep in this Japanese-set tale! https://t.co/1EjZPOTvCB— alice (@kangaru) April 25, 2017
If it's Asian, Scarlet and Tilda are always down. No matter what! https://t.co/6xk2zWMANK— VzA (@ValerieComplex) April 25, 2017
They really placed Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton in Isle of Dogs to reaffirm their Asian ethnicity? Hollywood killin Asians... STILL!— Iggy (@bboy916) April 25, 2017
please tell me this is a joke. both tilda and scarlett? sounds like a prank.https://t.co/EZAtyn6FfL— Ajuran (@Payitforward87) April 25, 2017
@BrettRedacted Scarlett and Tilda should have learned about the problems with whitewashing by now...— Reciped (@reciped_d) April 25, 2017
At this point, Hollywood might as well make a whitewashed version of The Heroic Trio with Scarlett, Emma, and Tilda 🤦🏽♂️— Malcolm Shields (@macdiesel1215) April 25, 2017
Tilda Swindon AND Scarlett Johansson? Just need Matt Damon and Emma Stone to complete the set.— Angry Asian Man (@angryasianman) April 25, 2017
@KendraJames_ Scarlett AND Tilda?! Come thru, Asian Excellence!!— Jack Harbon (@JackHarbon) April 25, 2017