The first image of Scarlet Johansson in the lead role as Motoko Kusanagi or simply The Major was shared by Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures, the two studios behind the live action adaption of the classic cyberpunk anime and manga Ghost In The Shell. My first impression of the still provided by the studios is good and even optimistic, I think the mood and tone displayed in this shot match up nicely to Mamoru Oshii’s classic masterpiece and although she may not have Asian roots, Scarlet Johansson looks pretty good as The Major.
The film is set to premier March 31st in 2017, as of right now not much has been revealed about the movie’s plot but casting announcements are coming out at a semi frequent pace. With Scarlet Johansson as the lead and Pilou Asbæk taking up the role as Batou criticism from fans has been fairly negative due the studios choice in not casting Asian actors for the roles. Politics aside I’m just happy to actually see that a live action Ghost In The Shell movie exist! The GITS franchise has always been in my top five and think If fans can get passed some of the casting choices this movie will be a success, not just for Hollywood but for anime fans and the public’s outlook on the medium as a whole. Other cast members of the notorious Section 9 include Chin Han, Tuwanda Manyimo, Yutaka Izumihara, and Danusia Samal.