Scarlett Johansson to star in ‘Ghost in the Shell’ film adaptation

After months and months of rumors and speculation, it is now being reported that the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ film adaptation just passed a new milestone in production, signing Scarlett Johansson as the lead-role.

DreamWorks is the major studio behind the production, we reported earlier this year that Scarlett Johansson was offered the role but it was unclear at the time if she would accept. Now multiple sources across multiple-publications are confirming Scarlett Johansson’s involvement as the lead in the movie. The film centers-in on a member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, following a covert-operative that takes on cyber-crimes.

Directing the film is Rupert Sanders based on a script written by Bill Wheeler, Avi Arad and Steven Paul producing.

The recent decision by Scarlett Johansson to star in the film could be based on the popularity of her latest sci-fi adventure “Lucy.” That film made roughly $400 million worldwide, and if you add the buzz that Scarlett Johansson will score from her upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” film set to release in May, the anime-adaptation fits just perfectly in the release schedule.

More casting, production and other confirmations will be released over the next few weeks if the project moves forward.