Matt Damon’s latest role in the upcoming blockbuster ‘The Great Wall’ has sparked controversy after ‘Fresh off the Boat’ star Constance Wu slammed the film’s casting.
‘The Great Wall’, which is set to premiere in 2017, tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.
In a racially focussed tweet, Wu commented on the racial stereotypes the film reflects with its choice as a white man cast as its hero.
“We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world. It’s not based on actual fact”.
The actress then went on to say: “It’s not about blaming individuals […], it’s about pointing out the repeatedly implied racist notion that white people are superior to POC [people of colour] and that POC need salvation form own colour via white strength. When you constantly make movies like this, you ARE saying that”.
Constance Wu is not the only one to feel this way. Matt Damon’s casting as the hero in the film that encapsulates the history of Ancient China caused a stir on different forms of social media, including YouTube.
YouTube stars of the channel ‘Double Chen’ have said: “For a movie that features Ancient China, you should at least feature Asian actors and actresses […] It’s not just ‘The Great Wall’, it’s ‘The Great Wall’ of CHINA”.