Scarlett Johansson in 'Ghost in the Shell' Arrives a Bit Earlier in 2017

April 30, 2015

Ghost in the Shell / Scarlett Johansson

The big screen adaptation of the anime Ghost in the Shell is definitely happening, and Scarlett Johansson was previously confirmed to take the lead role. Back in January, the film had been set for release on April 14th, 2017, but now Disney has decided to bump the film up a couple weeks to March 31st, 2017, likely to get out of the way of Furious 8, which was recently given that release date. For those who don't know, Ghost in the Shell will see Johansson as a female member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. We'll certainly be looking forward to how this anime adaptation from Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders turns out.

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All these Hollywood Anime adaptations.....and so far, not a good one has been made. Could this be the year?

TheOct8pus on Apr 30, 2015


Not necessarily true - I thought edge of Tomorrow was pretty awesome, and frankly the problem with a lot of the other Japanese material brought to screen has been tricky source material and really stupid reworkings of character origins and settings (DragonBall being the worst). Ghost in the Shell was a clever and mature anime that lends itself to the big screen far more than a last air bender or a DBZ, so I have high hopes. Question is, with the quality of Ghost in the Shell having been so high as an animated film, can they outdo it with live action?

Dotpols on Apr 30, 2015


While I won't have very high expectations for this movie, I am pretty curious what they will make.

DAVIDPD on Apr 30, 2015


Firstshowers... Fishtowers... MichBowers (um... what are firstshowing users called?), debated this casting when it was announced. I think this is a poor casting and will continue to think it until, Scarlet proves me wrong.

redtie on Apr 30, 2015


Yeah, I'm not too sure about it either... I think some how an actress like Paula Pattonor Rebecca Hall would have suited Kusanagi more. Still, looking forward to seeing how it plays on the big screen.

Dotpols on Apr 30, 2015

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