The Hollywood adaptation of classic anime/manga “Ghost In The Shell” has been fraught with controversy, mostly over it’s apparent whitewashed casting. Scarlett Johansson’s role as the Major has caught the most flak, and the actress has come forth with statements to reassure fans that they’re treating this with the utmost respect. Looking at the trailers so far, I’d say she’s not wrong. Aside from the casting, this appears to be a pretty faithful rendition of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 animated film (and its follow-ups). Visually, at least. I can’t speak to the quality of the material itself, though it seems like they’re incorporating some the “Puppet Master” storyline here. Scarlett still looks pretty badass in the role, and for the record I have no issues with the casting.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “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” also stars Pilou Asbaek, with Beat Takeshi (a.k.a. Takeshi Kitano) as Public Security Section 9 founder and chief Daisuke Aramaki, plus Juliette Binoche, Kaori Momoi, and Rila Fukushima. Other Section 9 task force members include: Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, and Tuwanda Manyimo. It premieres 31st March.