Hello, Major: Scarlett Johansson is the star of Ghost in the Shell


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At times it seems like Dreamworks' planned live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell has been in development hell for so long that we were contemplating writing a script that automatically tagged any story about it with "rumor". That time is over.

Yes, the thing is getting done (sort of), and a star is confirmed: Scarlett Johansson, lately known as Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff or Lucy "100% of My Brain" Doe, has officially signed on to star in the film. What role she'll be playing isn't confirmed yet, but given the fact that Ghost in the Shell has exactly one major female character, chances are she might just end up playing Major Motoko Kusanagi herself.

Other details include a confirmed director, Rupert Sanders, who helmed Snow White and the Huntsman, and a screenplay from William Wheeler, who penned screenplays for 2012's The Reluctant Fundamentalist and The Hoax

For what it's worth, I figure Johansson is as good a choice as any for Hollywood starlets with enough "name" to get Ghost in the Shell out of limbo and on the path to screens. She's certainly got the action pedigree and is a great actress in her own right. Some have raised concerns about "whitewashing" Motoko's Japanese heritage, but let's keep in mind that if ScarJo is The Major and if the film sticks close to the source materials - and those are really big "if"'s considering the way anime tends to get adapted - then one of her special abilities is to swap bodies almost at will. In many ways, her outward appearance is literally the least important part of her character. I would know.

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