Ghost in the Shell comes to IMAX and cinemas at the end of the month, and now a brand new first look clip from the major motion picture has been revealed, showing lead character Major (Scarlett Johansson) fighting back against her oppressors who ‘took her life’. Check out the short preview debuted by Paramount Pictures below:
Based on the sci-fi property of the same name, the flick follows Major; a human-cyborg hybrid through her journey of leading an elite task force. Devoted to taking out some of the most dangerous criminals on the planet, she and her squadron will go up against an enemy with one goal – to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology, starting with Major.
‘Beat’ Takeshi Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbaek, chin Han and Juliette Binoche also star alongside Johansson, making up an extremely talented cast more than capable of bringing this fan-favourite Japanese manga to life.
This big screen version of the property is said to stick very closely to its source material in terms of the story it will be telling, but that hasn’t stopped criticism on Johansson’s casting, with Hollywood once again being blasted for ‘whitewashing’.
‘Whitewashing’ is a term used when a white actor is cast in the role of somebody who should be a minority; in this case, Major should really be played by an actor of Asian descent. It’s something that Marvel Studios movie Doctor Strange was attacked for last year, after casting Tilda Swinton in the role of somebody who again should have been of Asian descent.
Despite the controversy, the movie’s cast and crew including director Rupert Sanders are moving along in bringing the flick to fans. Jamie Moss and Jonathan Herman penned the screenplay
Ghost in the Shell hits UK cinemas on March 30, 2017.