Margot Robbie Eyes Rupert Sanders GHOST IN THE SHELL

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The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie is reportedly in early talks for a lead role in Rupert Sanders’ live-action Ghost in the Shell, based on the original manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow, rather than on Mamoru Oshii’s film adaptation of the tale.

Presumably the Aussie actress will be playing Major Motoko Kusanagi, the character who is assigned to track and capture a hacker known as the Puppeteer (or the Puppet Master).

DreamWorks has been developing this project for a while now, ever since Steven Spielberg acquired the rights back in 2008. Bill Wheeler wrote the script for the franchise-potential movie. According to /Film, “it’s probably safer to expect the live-action Ghost in the Shell to be something more like a female-led Minority Report, essentially a thriller with a heavy underpinning of tech and sci-fi.”

Actually, “Japan’s Blade Runner” is the easiest Anime story to translate to live action, but the script has gone through several iterations and various directors have flirted with it.

I also love Margot Robbie, but I’m tired of the whitewashing of Anime films. How about Fan Bingbing or Rinko Kikuchi? The exception is if they not make it a direct adaptation and for instance, give it the Edge of Tomorrow treatment.

The Wrap doesn’t specify if the movie will follow the Japanese storyline or be re-imagined for American audiences, but the second option seems like a safe bet.

Yeah, I will be one to just wait and see where all this is going.

And if you are not familiar with the popular Japanese manga, here’s the plot synopsis courtesy of Amazon:

Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers” who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ criminal ends. When Major Kusanagi tracks the cybertrail of one such master hacker, the Puppeteer, her quest leads her into a world beyond information and technology where the very nature of consciousness and the human soul are turned upside down.

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