We shall keep this brief, as only one image has been released for the new live action adaption of Ghost in the Shell. The movie, starring the brilliant Scarlett Johansson (She plays the bad ass Black Widow in Avengers) but was in early talks of going to Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad) and now talks of Sam Riley playing the villain, The Laughing Man.
White washing aside, Scarlett Johansson is the ultimate candidate for playing Motoko Kusangi. I would have preferred the wonderfully talented Mary Elizabeth Mcglynn (who actually voices Motoko for English versions) but if you want a star who has quickly made her way forward as an awesome super hero chick (she was in the understated Lucy too) then who else is there?
The one image released does show Scarlett to have the same bob hairstyle that Motoko is known for. So surely this represents they are attempting to stay close to the famous anime roots?
Details are super scarce, all we know is they have begun filming and the film is due for a 2017 release. It will feature Batou, Aramaki along with other familiar characters.
I am a huge fan of Ghost in the Shell (I have a tattoo of a quote from Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence on my left arm) so seriously cannot wait for this – I don’t think race has anything to do with which actress should play the main role – as long as they do it well and stick to the roots, then who cares?