New photos of unknown origin have emerged for the live-action Hollywood movie adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell, and they reveal what could be what the Section 9 cast will be looking like in the film.
Scarlett Johansson – The Major (Motoko Kusanagi)
Lasarus Ratuere – Ishikawa
Chin Han – Togusa
Yutaka Izumihara – Saito
Tawanda Manyimo – Borma
Pilou Asbæk – Batou
Takeshi Kitano – Aramaki
Other photos from the live-action Ghost in the Shell set in Hong Kong have also surfaced previously:
Ghost in the Shell original director and writer, Mamoru Oshii, Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex director and writer, Kenji Kamiya, and Ghost in the Shell musical composer, Kenji Kawai, previously visited the set and posed with the film’s stars, including Scarlett Johansson herself.
The apparent “White Washing” of the roles have drawn much controversy, however, Kodansha executives back in Japan “White Washing” the role never expected an Asian or Japanese actress to play the role of Motoko Kusanagi, who is considered one of the most iconic Japanese anime characters in history. In fact, the Japanese netizens really did not care much about the role going to a non-Japanese.
Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders is at the helm of the project as director, and DreamWorks Pictures producing the movie. DreamWorks executive and legendary director, Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, E.T., Indiana Jones) is a huge fan of the original anime movie and has wanted this project to be realized for a long time now, and with the filming of the classic manga already started, Spielberg is finally getting what he wants.
So what do you think of Scarlett Johansson possibly playing Motoko Kusanagi? Will this go the “Edge of Tomorrow” route and be a huge success, or will this go the “Dragon Ball Evolution” route and fail miserably? Only time will tell so let’s keep our fingers crossed.
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Hollywood"s Live-action Ghost in the Shell Section 9 cast seen in costume while filming