After releasing a few somewhat crptic clips back in September, Paramount have finally released the first full trailer for their live-action version of the 1995 classic anime [which itself was based on a manga] Ghost In The Shell, and it’s nice and action-packed, though to me it also hints that it may somewhat dumb down the main character’s existential crisis. I hope that I’m proven wrong. The trailer is introduced by star Scarlett Johannson herself and was first unveiled at a special event in Tokyo. There’s been some controversy over the last few months with many protesting the casting of Johannson as a Japanese woman, and it looks set to continue. I would personally much prefer it if a Japanese actress had been cast, but Johannson is a big star and is probably more likely to bring in punters who aren’t aware of the anime, so I can understand why she was chosen.
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.
Rupert Sanders directs, the screenplay is by Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss, and Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt and Juliette Binoche co-star. It will hit cinemas on March 31, 2017.