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Scarlett Johansson Signed On to Lead Live-Action GHOST IN THE SHELL

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 11:45 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


DreamWorks’ Ghost in the Shell live-action adaptation just popped up on a lot of people’s radars.  There was talk of Margot Robbie taking the lead role in the film, but shortly after that, news broke that Scarlett Johansson scored the offer.  I’ve got nothing against Robbie and think she’s great in The Wolf of Wall Street, but at this point, she just can’t compete with Johansson, especially when it comes to playing the leader of a covert ops unit that specializes in taking down cyber-terrorists.

As reported by Variety, Johansson was unsure of whether or not to take the part when she first received the offer, but now she’s set ghost-in-the-shell-424x600to play Major Motoko Kusanagi, a woman with a cyborg body who retains a human soul.  The Ghost in the Shell adaptation was first announced about five years ago, but there wasn’t much movement on the project until Rupert Sanders (Snow White at the Huntsman) signed on to direct last year.  Ghost in the Shell still doesn’t have a green light, but now that Johansson is on board, I’d like to bet that’ll change pretty fast.

Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing Ghost in the Shell with Mark Saurian serving as executive producer.  Apparently Paramount will decide whether or not to get involved as a co-producer and financier in the coming weeks.

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