Are you in the mood to see Scarlett Johansson as a crime-fighting cyborg? Well, then you’re in luck because Paramount has just released the first trailer for Ghost In The Shell. Despite some serious controversy surrounding the adaptation, mostly because the lead role in the source material was intended for an Asian actress, this footage looks to change the minds of the public and get everyone on board.
This first trailer was teased by Paramount earlier in the week when they released a very brief teaser from the trailer on their YouTube channel. Prior to that, the studio had also released a series of five very brief clips that gave only a very general sense of mood and vibe for Ghost In The Shell. This full trailer now gives us a much better idea of what to expect from Rupert Sanders’ take on the beloved source material.
This anime adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is said to stick very close to the manga that it is based on, outside of the fact that the producers have been accused of whitewashing anyway. This also won’t be the first time that Scarlett Johansson has had the chance to lead a major action franchise outside of playing Black Widow in The Avengers. In 2014 her movie sci-fi/action thriller Lucy grossed an impressive $463 million worldwide. Paramount would likely be happy with a similar result for Ghost In The Shell.
The Ghost In The Shell movie is based on the very popular manga of the same name. The story follows Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson), a cyborg that is a part of an elite cybercrime-fighting task force known as Section 9. The series was originally published in 1989 and was written by Masamune Shirow. It is generally considered to be one of the best manga series ever published. That being the case, other adaptations of Ghost in the Shell have come before, with an animated series, spin-off books and even a video game. This new live-action take looks to become the definitive version for modern audiences.
Ghost in the Shell is being directed by Snow White and the Huntsman helmer Rupert Sanders with a script written by Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss. In addition to Scarlett Johansson, the cast includes Rila Fukushima, Michael Pitt, Peter Ferdinando and Juliette Binoche. Ghost In The Shell is currently set for release on April 14, 2017. Be sure to check out the first trailer for the movie for yourself below.