The first full length trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is here! You can watch the trailer above and see Scarlett Johansson become The Major and start kicking ass.
In Ghost in the Shell, Johansson stars as The Major, a cyber policewoman tasked with taking down cyber criminals who are attempting to bring down the Hanka Robotics corporation. The Major eventually begins to question her reality and uncover the mysteries surrounding her identity.
Even though the trailer looks pretty bitchin’ and the film will probably be objectively good, everyone is still pretty pissed off over the casting of Johansson as The Major. The character was originally a Japanese character and casting a white American actress has been viewed as whitewashing. Why the studio did not hire any number of Asian actresses to fill the coveted role has been upsetting to many. The film’s producers have defended the choice, saying that Johansson was simply the right actress for the part. But in reality they likely wanted the A-lister in order to bring in the audiences and the money.
Ghost in the Shell is based on a Japanese media franchise originally published as a seinen manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. The manga, first serialized in 1989 under the subtitle of The Ghost in the Shell, and later published as its own tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, told the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, in the mid 21st century of Japan.
The adaptation is directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and also stars Juliette Binoche, Pilou Asbæk and Japanese star Takeshi Kitano.
Ghost in the Shell hits theaters on March 31.