First Look: Scarlett Johansson in ‘Ghost in the Shell’

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Scarlett Johansson looks ready for her stint as a human-cyborg in her upcoming film”Ghost in the Shell.” Paramount and DreamWorks released the first photo of the Johansson-starring anime-based film on Thursday.

Johansson, playing “Ghost in the Shell” character Motoko Kusanagi, sports a two-length shaggy black bob in this first look.

The live-action film will follow a member of a covert ops unit of elite task force Section 9, a “one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid” who is devoted to “stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists.”

The film, although in the early stages of production, has already received some criticism. Johansson’s casting seemed surprising to many fans of the Japanese hit, who called it whitewashing. Several petitions circulated online opposing the casting.

Johansson, though, has become a bona fide action star. “Lucy” made $394 million worldwide.

The film is being directed by Rupert Sanders of “Snow White and The Huntsman.” Cast members include Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbaek, Michael Wincott, Joseph Naufahu, Takeshi Kitano and Christopher Obi.

“Ghost in the Shell” is set for 2017.

Johansson is also starring in “Captain America: Civil War,” which charges into theaters on May 6.

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  1. She’s great. Can’t wait to see it!

  2. jman says:

    remember the fist of the north star movie

  3. Guess what Hollywood producers! I won’t be sending you any money this Ghost in the Shell abomination. If I every do see it, I’ll be streaming it from a pirate site! No money for you!

  4. NOT KNOCKING Scarlett, HOWEVER, how about HOLLYWOOD STOP BEING CHARACTER RACIST and give the part to an ACTUAL ASIAN?!?

    Oh wait a minute, that would make too much sense, after all there are a hell of a LOT OF ASIAN ACTORS AND ACTRESSES WHO ARE NOT GETTING VERY MANY MEATY PARTS, and here is one made for an ASIAN which instead is going to someone who will look somewhat Asian due to SPECIAL EFFECTS!

    What’s wrong, couldn’t you pick someone out of the several THOUSAND ASIAN ACTRESSES AVAILABLE FOR THIS PART WHICH REALLY CALLS FOR A REAL ASIAN?!?

    Who the HELL made this decision? A BOX OF ROCKS?!?

    and YET HOLLYWOOD PRESUMES to PREACH TO THE REST OF ABOUT DIVERSITY AND PREJUDICE AND RACISM AND ETC. !!!!!!!!!

    GIVE US ALL A BREAK!!!

    What’s next, going back to light-skinned actors playing dark-skinned parts were the digital equivalent of BLACK-FACE!!!

    GROSS AND FOUL HYPOCRITES!!!

  5. mayu says:

    Base of the movie What’s this?
    NOT “Laughing man”??
    In Japan, news “Individual Eleven”⁉︎
    Michael Pitt will play “Laughing man”? or “KUZE”??

  6. vincent says:

    are they at least changing the name of the character? if not, wow..total white wash

  7. please dont be another Dragon Ball Z, PLEASE DONT BE ANOTHER DRAGON BALL Z!

  8. Drew Gars says:

    I get people complaining about white-washing or Hollywood washing. But let’s face the fact, if you’re gonna make a live action film based on an anime, this is the only way to go.

    • Julie says:

      No, Drew, it’s racist. This movie is going to bomb, just like every other anime movie adaptation. If they people who are behind this movie wanted it to do well, then they should’ve chosen Japanese people. Scarlett Johansson is going to get a lot of hate for this.

  9. KT Chong says:

    So she plays MOTOKO KUSANAGI.

    Seriously, now Hollywood is going out of its way to screw Asians.

  10. David Scott says:

    I had zero interest in this until Beat Takeshi was added to the cast. Hopefully this’ll bring him more exposure stateside.

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