Alex Garland’s Annihilation Accused of Whitewashing

Alex Garland’s film adaption of the novel Annihilation has been accused of whitewashing two of the main characters. The early reactions for Annihilation have praised the film highly. Based on the first novel in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation tells the story of a group of female scientists who enter a strange area known as The Shimmer after a previous expedition injured one of their husbands and killed everyone else.

In the book, the story is narrated by the wife of the one man who returned – called only The Biologist, though named Lena in the film. While Lena is played by Natalie Portman, the character is of Asian descent in the books, a fact that is …

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