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Takeshi Kitano heads up Section 9 in Ghost in the Shell live-action movie

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The Old Monkey gets a face

The long-planned live-action Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in the Shell takes another step towards being An Actual Thing™, as the casting announcements have begun to roll in. And in a move that seems to break with the trend of getting caucasian stars to play characters that were in the original stories Japanese, the movie has recruited none other than the legendary "Beat" Takeshi Kitano himself, to play the role of Chief Aramaki, the broccoli-haired commanding officer of Section 9. Variety reports that the role will be Kitano's first appearance in a Hollywood movie in more than two decades, when he played a gangster in Johnny Mnemonic.  

That sounds pretty cool, to be honest. In Ghost in the Shell, Aramaki is characterized as a no-nonsense CO nicknamed the "Old Monkey" by Batou, and Kitano certainly has the acting chops to play a crusty old man that won't take no guff from his sleek cyborg subordinates. That said, I'm curious as to whether they'll try to give Kitano the same hair as his anime counterpart. 

Beat Takeshi to Star in Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Ghost in the Shell’[Variety]

[Header images courtesy tango and LQH]

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