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Scarlett Johansson signs on to star in DreamWorks' 'Ghost in the Shell'

By Justin KrollMovies - 06 January 2015 6:12 PM | Updated 1:18 AM

Scarlett Johansson signs on to star in DreamWorks' 'Ghost in the Shell'

Following the success of 'Lucy', Scarlett Johansson looks ready to take on another action film, this one coming from the world of Japanese anime.

The actress is set to star in DreamWorks' adaptation of the popular anime feature, 'Ghost in the Shell'.

Deadline Hollywood reported that the actress had the offer to star, but at the time, she was still undecided about taking the role. Sources now say she has agreed to accept the offer.

The story in the film follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission which specialises in fighting technology-related crime.

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Rupert Sanders is on board to direct. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing the film from a script by Bill Wheeler. Mark Sourian is executive-producing.

Insiders tell Variety that Paramount has the option to come on as co-producer and financier and the decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks.

DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg is a huge fan of the original anime film and has long wanted to get it off the ground in Hollywood. A commitment from Johansson should help in getting the picture greenlit for production.

Apart from Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence, Johansson is becoming one of the few actresses in Tinseltown with the clout to get a project greenlit on her name alone.

'Lucy' made US$394 million (S$525 million) worldwide and Johansson can be seen next in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', come May, having done a nice job balancing action-heavy tentpoles with serious dramas and comedies.

She received rave reviews for Spike Jonze's 'Her' and is part of the ensemble cast in the Coen brothers' next film, 'Hail, Caesar!'