In the promo, Lavigne prances around on a rooftop, in a candy store, and in a sushi bar as four expressionless Asian girls pose as her backup dancers, exaggerating Japan's kawaii (cute) culture.
Some critics accused the pop star of perpetuating racial sterotypes, and the hashtag #avrilracist became a trending topic on Twitter.
One user wrote: "Not sure if this Avril Lavigne video is terrible, racist, or terribly racist", whi...
Nyong'o is tapped to play Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts lead character Mowgli, while Johansson is in talks for the role of Kaa, a python who hypnotizes her prey. Idris Elba will voice the villainous tiger Shere Khan.
The Disney film, a mix of live action and CGI, will be directed by Jon Faveau, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Warner Bros. also has a "Jungle Book" film in development starring Andy Serkis.
Nyong'o, 31, was raised in Kenya. The Ho...