Last week, the image of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi was released to the world. Since the announcement of a live-action Ghost in the Shell movie was made last year, I have been dying for the project to take off. Ghost in the Shell was one of my favorite anime shows back in the day. Upon hearing the news of a live-action adaptation, I actually was not opposed; in fact, I was thrilled. I even wrote about it after this site was first forged. You can read that post here if you’re so inclined.
Anyway, back to the exciting picture:
Though we do not know much about the actual plot of the film, and how the other characters may look (ahem…BATOU’S DAMN DEAD EYES), we do have some crucial information.
Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing the action-thriller. Joining Johansson on the cast are Michael Pitt as Kuze, Pilou Asbæk as Batou, and Takeshi Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki. Additional information can be found on IMDb.
Though there are issues surrounding the film, such as the Hollywood whitewashing debate (what else is new with Hollywood?), there are exciting prospects about what this movie will offer. Since Kuze will be in the film, Ghost in the Shell fans can assume that the plot will revolve around incidents that relate to the Individual Eleven. Whether or not the film will incorporate elements from the original films, television series, and Stand Alone Complex is still up for debate. However, with the presence of Kuze, I believe that the plot will rely heavily on Stand Alone Complex. Either way, we can guess that Major Kusanagi and the rest of Section 9 will fight against a cyber-based antagonist. Hopefully we’ll know more in the coming months.
Who else is excited about the new Ghost in the Shell live-action movie? What are your thoughts on in? Let’s nerd out below! And remember: sharing is caring. If you like this post, then spread it around!
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