Watch Scarlett Johansson in Jaw-Dropping 'Ghost in the Shell' Trailer

Watch Scarlett Johansson in Jaw-Dropping 'Ghost in the Shell' Trailer

Nov 14, 2016

Ghost in the Shell

Director Rupert Sanders made his feature debut with 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, an action adventure that twisted the fairy tale into a dark, galloping thriller. Still, it was difficult to envision what he might add to Ghost in the Shell, a live action adaptation of a Japanese manga series first published in 1989.

In the U.S., the most famous version of the series has been the 1995 animated movie, which quickly developed a rabid fan base. A movie version was in development for years before finally moving forward. Casting Scarlett Johansson in the lead role caused controversy, since the original character was not only named Major Motoko Kusanagi but also experienced an identity crisis of sorts, based in part on his outward appearance.

To be fair, however, the identity crisis was tied as much to the character being a cyborg as anything else. Is she a human or a computer? The Major's personal crisis is well integrated in the first, dazzling full trailer.


As in the brief video teaser that we saw last week, Johansson's startling appearance in a thermoptic suit immediately catches the eye. In the original animated movie, the suit makes the character appear to be naked, though in reality she's invisible. The new movie will make it apparent that the character is wearing a skin-toned suit.

Beyond that, however, the first trailer also pays homage to the original movie (watch the trailer below). Note, for example, that the Major's leap from a tall building is similar to the Japanese version. Also, a fight sequence in a flooded residential area is quite similar to a scene in the original.


Right now, it looks like the new movie will follow the animated version's storyline, as the Major hunts for a dangerous hacker and has strange adventures. We spotted Juliette Binoche (as Dr. Ouelet),  Takeshi Kitano (Daisuke Aramaki) and Pilou Asbaek (as Batou) in the trailer. Michael Pitt also stars as the villainous Laughing Man

Ghost in the Shell will open in theaters on March 31, 2017.

Ghost in the Shell

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