Scarlett Johansson is looking pretty bad-ass in her role as the cyborg special-ops agent Major in the new Ghost in the Shell remake. Due out on March 31, DreamWorks and Paramount‘s reboot of the classic Japanese manga series looks intense. The film has caused controversy by casting Johansson over a Japanese actor. Yet, by the looks of the new teasers released, a lot of thought has gone into the film. Although we see little of Johansson, she already comes across strongly in the videos. In addition to this, the lighting, music and tense shots leave us eagerly anticipating the film.
Taken from EW:
The brief, glitchy, visually striking vignettes glimpse Johansson in action as the black-bobbed cyborg special-ops agent known as the Major. In one scene she’s asked, “What are you?”; in another, she packs a pistol and encounters a ring of people hooked up to bundles of wires. “This is just the beginning,” an ominous voice says
The last trailer is particularly interesting. What could those robed people be doing? By the tone of the original manga series, the Ghost in the Shell film will most definitely be keeping the dark storyline.
On the issue of white-washing in Ghost in the Shell, here’s what the film’s producer, Steven Paul told Buzzfeed (via EW):
“I think we’ve done the manga comic great honor. As I said, the fans will be very happy, because there’s a great respect that’s been paid to the manga. … We’ve been very, very careful. Obviously, there’s some new imagination, as well. I mean, like anything, when you’re making a movie, you’ve gotta bring your own.”
As well as Scarlett Johansson starring as Motoko Kusanagi, or Major, there are both Chinese and Japanese actors featuring alongside her. In conclusion, DreamWorks and Paramount have been very clever in bringing Johansson to the role. With a huge following, Johansson can bring new audiences to the film. See Ghost in the Shell in cinemas on March 31st.