Pilou Asbæk to Co-Star With Scarlett Johansson in ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Pilou Asbæk is set to co-star with Scarlett Johansson in DreamWorks’ “Ghost in the Shell,” sources tell Variety.

Rupert Sanders is directing with Paramount on board to co-finance the film.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “Ghost in the Shell” follows a female special ops cyborg who leads an elite task force called Section 9 for Hanka Robotics. Section 9 is devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by The Laughing Man whose singular goal is towipe out Hanka’s advancements in cyber technology.

Asbæk will play Batou, the best fighter in the section and second in command in the army.

The pic bows March 31, 2017.

Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing “Ghost in Shell” from a script by Jonathan Herman. Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa is exec producing.

Asbæk and Johansson already have chemistry established; the two appeared together in Universal’s “Lucy.” He can be seen next as Pontius Pilate in MGM’s “Ben-Hur” and will also appear in the next season of “Game of Thrones.”

He is repped by UTA, Art Management and Untitled Entertainment.

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  1. Tonny says:

    Totally messed up script, bad choice of actors despite of they being excellent. I hope this NEVER comes out. And don’t forget Speed Racer & Dragon Ball total failure.

  2. sphinx says:

    “Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “Ghost in the Shell” follows a female special ops cyborg who leads an elite task force called Section 9 for Hanka Robotics. Section 9 is devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by The Laughing Man whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka’s advancements in cyber technology”

    Problems with this movie script summary for the Ghost in the Shell American remake:

    Section 9 is a special task force unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, not a task force for a robotics company. Section 9 is an intelligence unit specializing in counter-terrorism and cyber-warfare (hacking, cyberterrorism, etc.). The Laughing Man in the GitS SAC TV series was not a leader of “criminals or extremists,” nor have a goal to “wipe out […] advancements in cyber technology.”

    The Laughing Man from the TV series was a hacker who came across a piece of information on the net that revealed the connection between Sereno, a micromachine manufacturing company, and the Japanese government in suppressing information on a cure for a cyberbrain disease in favor for an expensive and ineffective “cure,” all in the name of profit. The Laughing Man’s only “criminal” action was kidnapping the owner of Sereno and asking him to reveal the truth on live TV. During the incidence, the Laughing Man hacked the visuals feeds and covered his face with the “laughing face” logo. After his failure to force the truth out, he disappeared and was never caught. His actions inspired other people to imitate him, using his laughing face logo, but he never led them to commit those actions; each where “stand along complexes.”

    One of the concepts explored, is how the abundance of information on the net is accessible to everyone, so because these individuals are being exposed to the same information/stimuli, their actions and psyche become similar leading to copycat behaviors. Every individual who imitates the Laughing Man are acting alone, but when each action is amassed, it becomes something coherent and represent the same ideal. While GitS has action scenes, at its core, it is meant to be though-provoking and a commentary on certain issues/concepts.

    While I have some problems with the casting (“whitewashing” for one), the main problem I have is with the story concept the script writers seem to be coming up with. If they are going to make major changes to the original GitS concept, then the movie should not be marketed as a “live action remake,” but as a “movie inspired by the original.” Also, GitS deals with questions on technological advancements and Japanese cultural, political and societal issues that may not translate well when written by people who may not have an understanding of this. An action-packed film with pretty visuals and no substance does not translate to a “good” film; it may be entertaining, but its impact level will be low and uninspiring.

    Really, really, really hope they don’t try to make it into a love story between Kusanagi and Batou either. From my observation, their relationship is one of trust and loyalty, and while it is hinted that Batou has romantic feelings for Kusanagi, it is not the central theme of the series.

    This is simply my opinion based on my experience with the anime versions of GitS; I never had the chance to read the original manga by Masamune Shirow.

  3. MP says:

    What ancient demon do I have to summon and offer sacrifice to in order to prevent this movie from coming out?

  4. Dania says:

    People complain about diversity, and when they actually have a film where they can bring in Asian actors…they do the complete opposite.
    I don’t want to hear the bullshit excuse, “But those characters look white.”
    Those characters still have Japanese names and those characters still speak Japanese. And Americans have a terrible track record when it comes to adapting Japanese anime/manga into films. (I’ll give edge of tomorrow a pass)
    And don’t get me started on the Death Note film.

  5. stroggo says:

    This movie is giving me cancer…

  6. What I wouldn’t give to see this movie canceled.

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