If you’re a fan of live action remakes and anime, chances are you’re in for a treat.
Ghost In The Shell, a popular anime and series whose origins date back to 1989, has been releasing news in regards to a live action remake set to be released in 2017. While we know some details that surround the film’s plot and cast, Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks have teamed up to release an official trailer. Action, drama, and a great story are in store for those who are willing to give the movie a chance. The problem? Critics believe that the casting is an issue.
Ghost In The Shell will star well-known actress Scarlett Johansson as The Major, the protagonist in the movie. There’s been quite a bit of controversy leading up to the gradual details of the movie being released. It’s said that Scarlett should not be playing the main character in Ghost In The Shell, mainly because of the source material being of a Japanese origin. This isn’t the first time that casting has come into question, but it doesn’t look as though directors have any regrets about their choice.
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According to a report by Entertainment Tonight Online, director Rupert Sanders hasn’t been quiet about his choice to cast Johansson. Rupert had this to say when addressing those who found issue with Scarlett playing The Major.
“I think whenever you cast someone, someone’s going to be critical of it. To me, I stand by my decision,” Sanders began. “She’s the best actress of her generation, and I was flattered and honored that she would be in this film.”
It’s true that Ghost In The Shell will require quite a bit of talent in the acting department. Fortunately, Scarlett Johansson has plenty of it. After all, she plays Black Widow in The Avengers. We’ve seen her ability to hang with the likes of popular actors like Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman, and Mark Ruffalo. Johansson brings Black Widow to life on screen, and she’s also starred in other sci-fi movies like Lucy. As far as fans and critics are concerned, she’s a top choice for Ghost In The Shell.
Director Rupert Sanders continues in his defense of casting Scarlett Johansson as The Major.
“I was very lucky to get an amazing international cast of people that I’ve always really wanted to work with. Scarlett was one of those people,” Sanders said. “There are very few actresses who’ve had 20 years of experience, who have the cyberpunk aesthetic already baked in. She comes from such edgy films, from Lost in Translation to Under the Skin. She’s got an incredible body of work and her attitude and toughness is, to me, The Major.”
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The accuracy of Ghost In The Shell is also present in the film. A report by Gizmodo reveals that the trailer pays homage to a former 1995 film. The Major, who also carries the name Motoko Kusanagi, dishes out the pain to an opponent while utilizing thermo-optic camouflage. She uncloaks after, and Johansson does much the same during the trailer for the live action remake. If this is any indication as to what we can expect in the film, perhaps sticking to the script will give fans less worry.
Ultimately, it stands to reason that Scarlett Johansson is a great pick for the role of The Major. Ghost In The Shell has a release date of March 17, 2017. There’s plenty of Ghost In The Shell material to keep newcomers busy up until that time.
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