Well, this was unexpected. After more than a year of talk, not to mention a small degree of controversy over casting, Paramount tonight quietly debuted the first glimpses of the upcoming live-action version of the classic manga (and anime) Ghost in the Shell. Five, count ’em, five 10-second teasers were uploaded tonight, each showing off a different, tiny snippet of the film starring Scarlett Johansson and revealing next to nothing about it – aside from how it looks. You can see the first above and the other four below. Have at it!
I think we can bet on a full-length trailer coming soon, don’t you think?
Directed by Rupert Sanders from a script by Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss, Ghost in the Shell follows Major Motoko Kusanagi, a “full-body prosthesis”, AKA a cyborg who serves as a field commander in counter-cyberterrorist ops group Public Security Section 9 in near future Japan. It’s based on the 1989-1990 Manga series by Masamune Shirow, which spawned a series of anime films beginning in 1995.
Scarlett Johansson has been cast as the Major, a fairly controversial decision when it was announced last year, owing to the original’s Japanese setting and the growing concern over whitewashed casting in Hollywood. That concern is valid, but I won’t deny ScarJo looks fairly awesome in these clips. She’s joined by Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Chin Han, Lasarus Ratuere, Juliette Binoche, Rila Fukushima, Kaori Momoi, Danusia Samal, Yutaka Izumihara, Tuwanda Manyimo, and Pete Teo. It hits theaters March 31.