Here's Scarlett Johansson as Major Kusanagi in live-action Ghost in the Shell


Johansson in the Shell

If you haven't heard, America is getting a live action version of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell. To celebrate the start of production, Paramount and Dreamworks just gave us our first look at Scarlett Johansson as the lead character, Major Motoko Kusanagi, as she pensively looks at something far away. Probably looking over at Takeshi Kitano's Chief Aramaki. 

On the one hand, whitewashing a character while refusing to change the setting or character's name at least is troubling. But on the other, Scarlett Johansson kind of looks good? I'm not very attached to the Ghost in the Shell property myself, so I can't see this as an affront to the series (but I'm sure fans aren't happy). I'm just going to pretend that this is secretly a sequel to Luc Besson's Lucy. If you haven't seen that, you really should. 

The thing we should all be worried about, however, is director Rupert Sanders. His last film was Snow White and the Huntsman, and that film was terrible enough on its own without all of his personal issues with the studio and former star Kristen Stewart. Let's hope we can avoid that stuff here. Anime adaptations have it hard enough as it is. I've put the plot synopsis from the press release below in case you need a refresher. 

Ghost in the Shell releases domestically March 31, 2017. 

[via Indiewire]

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

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