Last we heard about the movie adaptation of the amazing comic series, Runaways, was that director Peter Sollett would begin filming next January. But casting calls have raised a red flag with fans, who fear a repeat of Airbender's whitewashing.

Racebending, the website that lead the charge against the casting decisions on The Last Airbender, has now turned its eye onto the Runaways movie. They're concerned for the film's future, after uncovering a recent casting call from various film casting sites. What's the big issue? The casting call makes it clear that Alex Wilder, one time team-leader of the Runaways, is being cast in the same ethnicity he is in the comic books.

Boy 1: Very smart, natural leader, in need of a father figure
Male, African American, must play 16-18
Must be at least 16 by January 2011

But Nico Minrou, a Japanese American and another pivotal member of the team, is not:

Girl 1: Uniquely beautiful, nurturing but guarded
Female, must play 16-18
Must be at least 16 by January 2011

While we also find it rather hard to believe that Nico's ethnicity was accidentally left off the casting list, we're not ready to panic just yet. Let's hope the recent press attention on the Airbender controversy, along with this early discussion of Runaways, will shake a few casting agents awake. Plus, we're gunning for an Asian American Marvel heroine on the big screen. Even though she's on the team, Nico still plays a big part of this series. Changing her race would be a dreadful idea — but Hollywood has made terrible decisions before. Let's hope this time they listen to the fans.