EW confirms that Kim is in talks to take on the role of Daimio, who an officer at the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense who can transform into a jaguar.
After the whitewashing controversies of "Doctor Strange" and "Ghost in the Shell," actually casting an Asian actor as an Asian character is being hailed as a win. Except that not everyone is happy that Kim, a Korean-American, is being sought for the role of a Japanese-American.
That's... better but have to ask, is it that hard to find a Japanese-American actor? Daniel Dae Kim is Korean. https://t.co/jO5gXO9GA0— Ju Li K (@Juleshortstuff) September 11, 2017
Asian ppl: YAY Daniel Dae Kim!— Ron Chan (@RonDanChan) September 12, 2017
White dudes: *mansplains how it's not really a win bc DDK is Korean*
Problem fixed? The character is Japanese, yet Daniel Dae Kim is Korean. They're far from fixing the problem. PoC aren't interchangeable🙄— 🎈. | #SENSE8ISBACK (@meezus_christ) September 11, 2017
Kim and co-star Grace Park just left "Hawaii Five-O" when CBS refused to pay them the same salaries as the show's two leads, Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan. Upon his exit, Kim wrote, "The path to equality is rarely easy. But I hope you can be excited for the future. I am."