Paramount and Dreamworks Pictures today released the first look image of Scarlett Johansson in Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell and she’s all moody purpose and dark-haired intent. No surprise, maybe, given that the story follows a female special ops cyborg (Johansson) who leads a fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization called Public Security Section 9 for Hanka Robotics. The unit is devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, who will stop at nothing to destroy Hanka’s advancements in cyber technology. Johansson’s Lucy co-star Pilou Asbæk is also on-board to co-star.

Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman) is directing the film, which is based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow.  Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing from a script by Jonathan Herman. Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa are exec producing. Ishikawa’s animation studio Production I.G produced the Japanese Ghost in the Shell film and television series.

The film is currently shooting in New Zealand. Paramount will release it domestically on March 31, 2017. Paramount and DreamWorks have entered into a marketing agreement with the New Zealand Film Commission, Tourism New Zealand, Callaghan Innovation and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to help promote New Zealand as a shooting location. No doubt Peter Jackson will de delighted. 

Joining Johansson and Pilou Asbæk in the cast are Japanese icon Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche and Kaori Momoi.