Scarlett Johansson to Lead DreamWorks’ GHOST IN THE SHELL
Back in October, it was revealed that the Avengers and Lucy star Scarlett Johansson would play Major Motoko Kusanagi in DreamWorks Pictures’ Ghost in the Shell after Margot Robbie bailed to do Suicide Squad and now Variety brings word that the actress has signed on to play the lead in the live action adaptation of the classic manga by Masamune Shirow.
Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is on board to helm the feature from a script by William Wheeler (Hoax).
The project was picked up by Dreamworks back in 2008, fueled by the personal passion of company’s co-founder Steven Spielberg and could become a launching-point for a very cool female-driven action franchise.
This complex futuristic thriller centers on Public Security Section 9, a counter-cyberterrorist organization in near-future Japan led by Major Kusanagi who, after a debilitating accident, uploaded her mind (combined with a cyborg mind) into a wholly prosthetic body.
The rest of the cast was unknown to me as well, although Cesar D’ La Torre has been listed on IMDb as “rumored” for a few weeks now. Likely he would assume the role of Batou or Togusa if cast.
Isn’t Scar Jo a bit too old for that? Oh, okay. She’s kinda hot. But having the guy behind Snow White and the Huntsman helm this doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence. Oh dear, my enthusiasm for this movie has suddenly dropped.