Earlier this year ‘Ghost in the Shell‘ filmed in New Zealand and now since moved to post-production. The film is based on the Japanese franchise of the same title which began as a manga in the late ’80s. This live-action is based on the original manga, the comics became the main reason for the animated films, multiple anime TV series, and video games. Despite controversy over the lead and many cast members being quote “Whitewashed” DreamWorks and Paramount hasn’t abandoned the project. In Japan, fans of the manga were surprised that the casting caused controversy with many already assuming that the Hollywood production would choose a white actress in the lead role. Sam Yoshiba, director of the international business division at Kodansha‘s Tokyo headquarters (the company which holds the rights to the series and its characters) said, “Looking at her career so far, I think Scarlett Johansson is well cast. She has the cyberpunk feel. And we never imagined it would be a Japanese actress in the first place… This is a chance for a Japanese property to be seen around the world.“
Here’s a brief description:
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.
Last night, Paramount gave us a first look at the upcoming live-action ‘Ghost in the Shell‘ movie, timing it perfectly with Mr. Robot‘s season finale. Each of the five videos last around 13 seconds long but all reveal interesting facets of the film. However like the series itself can be a little confusing. Comicbook.com would take the time to compile all five teasers into one video;
The live-action ‘Ghost in the Shell‘ movie starring with Johansson are Takeshi Kitano as Section 9 Chief, Daisuke Aramaki; Michael Pitt as Kuze; Pilou Asbæk as the Major’s second-in-command Batou; Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet; Kaori Momoi in an unnamed role; and Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Yutaka Izumihara, and Tuwanda Manyimo as various members of Section 9.
‘Ghost in the Shell‘ (Live-Action) will hit theaters on March 31st, 2017