First Look Photo: Scarlett Johansson in the 'Ghost in the Shell' Movie

April 14, 2016
Source: Business Wire

Scarlett Johansson - Ghost in the Shell

Hello, Major. Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks have revealed the first official photo from the upcoming Ghost in the Shell movie, marking the beginning of production with this debut. Here's the really cool part - Ghost in the Shell is filming down in New Zealand, using some of the same crews and stages as The Hobbit. Not only that, but they're working with Weta Workshop to design many elements of this sci-fi adaptation. Scarlett Johansson stars, and is seen in the first photo. The cast also includes Michael Pitt, Michael Wincott, Pilou Asbæk and Takeshi Kitano. "The production will broaden the perceptions of the diversity of New Zealand's locations by showcasing a science fiction urban setting in New Zealand." Photo in full below.

Ghost in the Shell - First Look Photo

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property (first developed by Masamune Shirow), 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. Ghost in the Shell the movie is being directed by Rupert Sanders, of Snow White and the Huntsman previously. The cast features Beat Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Kaori Momoi and Chin Han. The film is now shooting in Wellington, New Zealand. Paramount is planning to release Ghost in the Shell in US theaters starting on March 31st, 2017. Stay tuned for more updates from here, as we'll be watching this one closely. Excited?

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    Sanders must be one of the least qualified directors to land such a nerd/geek important film.
    • Christopher Dean
      I want to believe, but I don't have a lot of confidence in the movie
      • DAVIDPD
        I don't even want to believe is doomed worse than the female GHOSTBUSTERS movie.
        • Johnny Neat
    • I completely agree. Worst choice for this... Worried about him the most.
    • Lagoya
      Never heard of Sanders, doesn't look like he's directed many films though. But... I would say, look at what an unknown like Tim Miller pulled off with Deadpool!
      • Jon Odishaw
        Yea but sanders has s resume. It's that terrible Snow White movie. Visually it wasn't bad I guess. That's the most positive I can be about it
        • Lagoya
          Oh ok, I haven't watched that film, don't intend to now either! I'm sure I saw a trailer for the sequel though... Hollywood baffle me sometimes!
          • Jon Odishaw
            Yea the sequel looks even worse. Great cast though.
      • DAVIDPD
        He is more known for sleeping with Kristen Stewart during the filming the their movie together.
  • Trey
    "Lucy" really exposed her...and not in a good way
    • Jon Odishaw
      "under the skin" really exposed her...and in a very good way.
  • Seeing Rupert Sanders attached to this makes me sad
    • bumboclot
      Beat Kitano would be better than him!
  • I knew they making a movie out of GITS but I had no idea that Sanders is directing it? Holy fuck. They could have chosen anyone less competent? I wish Kathryn Bigelow would have directed this.
  • DJ Elektrosniper
    i like her, ease, they're supposed to be JAPANESE how bad are we are whitewashing the shit out of everything and the Americans are the fucking villains of this movie .... seriously
  • Johnny Neat
    Whitewash baby... Then again was the Major truly Japanese? She seemed to be half caucasian half asian. No?
    • redtie
      I always thought Major's ethnicity was a bit ambiguous, and thus I think I'd be okay with casting anyone in the role, but I don't think Scarlett looks the part period.
  • R3last
    Okay, I'll pick 3 Asian actresses from movies I've watched recently that would have been MUCH better choices Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim), Claudia Kim (Avengers AoU), even Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina). All have Green screen experience and Mizuno is even a dancer that could probably pull off those near impossible anime poses. But yea, I'm sure ScarJo will do fine.
  • RAW_D
    Oh well, at least there will be Cameron's ALITA: Battle Angel to look forward to, right?
  • I was just reading that the Paramount Pictures tested out a technique to 'asian' up the actors in this. But are denying that it involved Scarlett. Mad stuff.
    • raarnt
      LOL! do you have a link to the article? It sounds hilarious.
  • OfficialJab
    Anime characters are almost all made to look white, deal with it folks.
  • Akirakorn
    All we need now is for Jonah Hill to voice the Tachikoma and we're all set!
  • CupCake Crazy
    I heard that there was going to be a ghost in the shell live action movie a few days ago. I didn't think it was gonna be good and I don't know if it's gonna be good but this looks fucking epic. I don't know why so many people are being so butthurt at the fact that an American actress is going to play the lead.
  • R3last
    How'd that work out for Gods of Egypt et al? People keep trotting out this tired "star power," reasoning and it keeps being played out as false equivalence. That you think she "smashed it," in Lucy points out that we have different tastes. Granted, taste is subjective, but as a fan of the source material IMO Scarjo is out of place.




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