The Ghost in the Shell Remake Dropped Teasers Featuring Scarlett Johansson
Last night’s Mr. Robot episode wasn’t only notable for being the season finale. The commercial break featured the first teasers of the upcoming live-action remake of the acclaimed anime Ghost in the Shell.
The short clips (10-15 seconds long!) shows that the film at least follows its source material’s futuristic and noxious atmosphere. Scarlett Johansson is seen playing the cyborg heroine Motoko Kusanagi, awakening in a bleakly decorated room in one teaser and infiltrating a league of bald, cybernetically connected men in another. In other clips, Section 9 chief Daisuke Aramaki opens fire on an unseen victim and a disconcerting geisha makes her way through a meticulously decorated passageway. No, the teasers don’t reveal much about the actual plot (the Laughing Man, who was the first Stand Alone Complex season’s main antagonist, is listed in the cast of characters—so there’s that).
Live-action Ghost in the Shell has attracted controversy mainly because of how Johansson was picked to play an asian heroine, leading many to rightfully decry Hollywood’s continued lack of diversity. There’s also the simple question of if the remake is going to come anywhere close to the quality of the legendary anime franchise.
Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders’s lone directorial feature credit is 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, another redo nobody really asked for. It should be a treat. Johansson in the Shell is scheduled to hit theaters March 31. Watch the preview below.