First image of Scarlett Johansson in the live-action adaption of Ghost in the Shell is here

By ·April 15, 2016 8:54 am

Paramount Pictures and DreamWork Pictures is bringing the manga, Ghost in the Shell, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, to the big screen. While Ghost in the Shell has a good amount of anime, animated films, and video game adaptions, this live-action movie will be based solely on the manga. This Western adaption is being directed by Ruper Sanders and will be released on March 31st, 2017.

A synopsis has been released for the film:

“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.”

Paramount pictures has released this mystifying picture of Scarlett Johansson who is playing the lead of Major Motoko Kusadagi:


Many fans were and are excited about the movie, but the topic of white-washing is coming up strong towards the pick of Johansson. While she looks pretty close in appearance to the main character, they are wondering why they did not pick an Asian actor for a character that is clearly Japanese. This explains why the news press didn’t mention the main character’s full name, and chose to refer to her as just, “Major.”

While a lot of Western adaptions usually change the setting and characters from their Asian counterparts, Ghost in the Shell seems to be sticking true to the character’s names and environment. There have even been some great Asian actors casted such as Takeshi Kitano, Chin Han, and Yutaka Izumihara as members of the Section 9 intelligence department.

Despite the outburst by fans, production is still going strong, and they are currently filming in Wellington, New Zealand.

While there is no trailer of the movie out yet, watch below to see a trailer of the anime to get a feel for what the movie will hold.

Written by Abigail Meck

Lifestyle and Gaming Writer

As an anime fan and fellow geek I am happy to create articles for The Nerd Recites! I have been an anime fan for over a decade and a cosplayer/con-goer for about five years.

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