The start of a brand new week and a brand new action-packed, futuristic kick-ass trailer for the iconic Japanese anime adaptation Ghost in the Shell has dropped, giving us a lot more of an insight into what to expect than its previous teaser during the Superbowl.
Die-hard fans of the original anime story, who have been up in arms over the ‘white-washing’ of this guaranteed Hollywood blockbuster, may just throw out the boycotting ideas once they have indulged in Director Rupert Sanders visually spectacular and ambitious world. In the new trailer we get our first look at villain Kuze in a futuristic haze of imagery which could have dropped right out of a computer game – neon lighting in the backdrop almost gives a Tron: Legacy/Blade Runner-esque feel to the movie.
Scarlett Johannson, who plays the lead Motoko Kusanagi, has since spoken out regarding the ‘white-washing claims’ Speaking to Marie Claire she said “I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person. Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive.”
“Having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity,” she added. “Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that – the weight of such a big property on my shoulders.”
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Ghost in the Shell also stars “Beat” Takeshi Kitano (Zatoichi), Juliette Binoche (Clouds of Sils Maria), Michael Pitt (Broadwalk Empire), Pilou Asbæk (Borgen, Lucy), and Kaori Momoi (Memoirs of a Geisha).
Ghost in the Shell hits cinemas March 31st
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Based on the internationally-acclaimed Japanese Anime property, GHOST IN THE SHELL follows 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.