First Look: Scarlett Johansson in ‘Ghost in the Shell’ adaptation
This week Paramount Pictures started teasing the new ‘Ghost in the Shell’ adaptation, which will star Scarlett Johansson. The live-action adaptation will be directed by Rupert Sanders, the same director that brought you ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. Filming began earlier this year, the film itself is scheduled to release in March 2017.
The studio hasn’t released an official trailer for the film, but Paramount did release a few short teaser clips to get fans excited about the upcoming release. You can check out the new clips below, each only lasting a few seconds.
The original series is from Kodansha Comics, they were written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. This new version will be produced by Avi Arad and Steven Paul. (“GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE”). 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. The series has quite a following, and animated films, like the ones available on Amazon.com, have been extremely popular in the past.
The cast of “GHOST IN THE SHELL” includes Beat Takeshi Kitano (“MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE,” “BATTLE ROYALE” series) as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche (“THE ENGLISH PATIENT,” “CHOCOLAT”) as Dr. Ouelet, Michael Pitt (“Hannibal,” “Boardwalk Empire”) as Kuze, Pilou Asbæk (“BEN-HUR,” “LUCY”) as Batou, and Kaori Momoi (“MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA,” “HONG KONG CONFIDENTIAL”).
The members of Section 9 are played by Chin Han (“INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE”), Danusia Samal (“Tyrant”), Lasarus Ratuere (“Terra Nova”), Yutaka Izumihara (“UNBROKEN”) and Tuwanda Manyimo (“THE ROVER”).
The film’s crew includes Cinematographer Jess Hall (“THE SPECTACULAR NOW”), Editor Neil Smith (“SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN”), Production Designer Jan Roelfs (“FAST & FURIOUS 6”), and Costume Designers Kurt Swanson and Bart Mueller (“THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PARTS 1& 2”).
Ghost in the Shell will release on March 31, 2017.