Why is Arden Cho not in the Teen Wolf movie?

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 14: Arden Cho attends the Red Carpet of the 2nd Annual HCA TV Awards - Streaming at The Beverly Hilton on August 14, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 14: Arden Cho attends the Red Carpet of the 2nd Annual HCA TV Awards - Streaming at The Beverly Hilton on August 14, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage) /
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Dylan O’Brien not reprising his character, Stiles Stilinski, in Teen Wolf: The Movie was a huge punch to the gut. But sadly, this isn’t where the deadly blows stop, as Arden Cho is also confirmed to not be in the Paramount+ exclusive. Here’s why.

As per ET Online, Cho, who played Kira Yukimura in the MTV series, decided against starring in the 2023 release because she wasn’t going to be paid as much as her fellow co-stars despite having a role of equal importance. She initially expressed that she was “offered half the per-episode salary offered to her three [female] counterparts,” but later revealed that she was “offered even less” than everyone else.

Cho wasn’t going to speak up about the differences in salary compared to her Caucasian co-stars. But after realizing her voice can help others like her take a stand against injustice in the acting industry, she saw it best to explain the truth behind her brave decision.

“I could probably, off the top of my head, think of over ten Asian American actors I know who were paid significantly less than their counterparts,” Cho told The Cut. “I wasn’t saying ‘no’ necessarily for me or because I was angry. I was saying ‘no’ because I hope that there will be more equality in the future.”

Though Cho has since moved on from her Teen Wolf role, fans of the 37-year-old celebrity have yet to stomach the issues Cho had to endure, and thus, took to their social media accounts to call out the higher-ups.

How fans feel about Arden Cho declining to be in Teen Wolf: The Movie

Needless to say, Arden Cho’s fans are more than proud of her decision to put her foot down and demand to be paid just as much as her co-stars. However, they aren’t showing this much grace to the creator, Jeff Davis, who apparently decided to give a similar role to another star rather than fight for Cho to receive a higher salary.

“YOURE TELLING ME THEY TRIED TO REPLACE MY GIRL KIRA YUKIMURA INSTEAD OF JUST PAYING ARDEN THE SAME AS THE REST OF THE CAST?,” one Twitter user wrote.

Another account held the same sentiments, stating, “They got another katana wielding badass in this teen wolf movie but didn’t invite back Arden Cho to reprise Kira Yukimura after she was rudely cut from the show because they didn’t know what to f—g do with her character.”

Safe to say, fans are rightfully upset by the behind-the-scenes of the making of Teen Wolf: The Movie. Even so, Cho is more than grateful that she got the chance to represent Asian American characters, even if Hollywood has a much, much longer way to go.

“I want to tell stories in English. I want to be on shows that other kids like me are going to relate to because we were born here,” Cho expressed, before later adding that she “appreciate[s] artists who are a little bit more transparent because they realize that we’re all important.”

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