Marvel responds to pressure, says they'll cast Runaways hero Nico as Asian-American in the film

Weeks ago, the Racebending folks discovered a casting call for Marvel's upcoming Runaways movie didn't specify they wanted an Asian-American to play Japanese-American character Nico. But after a letter-writing campaign, Marvel promised the character would stay true to the comic.

This is good news to fans of the books, where Nico's racial background is portrayed as important to her character. Certainly it isn't her main character trait, but her race is just as much a part of her character as her family history is - and family history is a major issue in Runaways. The comic is about a bunch of superpowered teenagers who discover their parents are supervillains and decide to rebel against them.

Responding to Racebending, Marvel Studios wrote:

To address your concern over casting for the role of Nico, as we do with all of our films, we intend to stay true to the legacy and story of the comic when casting these parts. Thus, our goal is to cast an Asian American actress as depicted in the comic series and the casting notice will be adjusted accordingly.

And indeed, the new casting call does ask for Asian-Americans to try out for the role. Previously, the casting call just asked for somebody "uniquely beautiful."

Read more about the controversy and its resolution via Racebending