Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have released the first image from science-fiction flick 'Ghost in the Shell'.
The live-action adaptation of the popular manga by Masamune Shirow sees Scarlett Johansson playing Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg operative of Section 9, an elite unit devoted to taking on the most dangerous cyber criminals.
Johansson stars alongside Japanese actor Takeshi Kitano ('Battle Royale'), who plays the Major's boss Daisuke Aramaki. Pilou Asbæk ('Lucy') and Michael Pitt ('Boardwalk Empire') are also set to appear in the film.
Production recently began in Wellington, New Zealand. "We are so pleased to be in Wellington to shoot 'Ghost in the Shell'," producers Avi Arad, Michael Costigan, and Jeffrey Silver said. "The city boasts state-of-the-art production facilities and a rich urban landscape that make it an ideal setting for a sci-fi action film."
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Being life-long fans of the manga and anime, we were initially shocked by Johansson being cast in the lead role instead of an Asian actor, but this first look of the actress may have cast aside our worries as it clearly exemplifies the futuristic world that Shirow created.
Directed by Rupert Sanders, 'Ghost in the Shell' is expected to release on 31 March 2017.