Scarlett Johansson Introduces Kick-Ass First Trailer For ‘Ghost In The Shell’

ghost-in-the-shell-trailerBased on the famed Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow, Ghost In The Shell is an upcoming sci-fi thriller starring Scarlett Johansson. The first full trailer debuted at a global launch party held by Paramount in Japan. Given that the film has received criticism for whitewashing the cast, picking Tokyo was a savvy move by the studio. Director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) addressed the controversy.

“I think whenever you cast someone someone’s going to be critical about it. To me it was, you know, I stand by my decision — she’s the best actress of her generation and I was flattered and honored that she would be in this film,” Sanders explained (via The Verge). “So many people who were around the original anime have been vehemently in support of her because she’s incredible and there are very few like her.”

Johansson plays The 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, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt and Juliette Binoche round out the cast. Ghost In The Shell arrives in theatres on March 31, 2017. Check out the kick-ass first trailer below.

Ghost In The Shell Movie Trailer