According to Digital Trends, the live-action film based on Masamune Shirow’s popular Ghost in the Shell manga series has been at the center of controversy for a while now. Fortunately for anime and manga fanatics who are excited about the release of this film, we now have a chance to take a look at some of the very first footage from the upcoming film.
Less than a week ago, five trailer teasers for the live-action Ghost in the Shell that are between 10 and 15 seconds long have been released. You can view all five of the trailer teasers below.
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These five trailer teasers of Ghost in the Shell that Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks have released feature Scarlett Johansson as the Major. Scarlett Johansson plays the role of a human who is heavily augmented with cybernetic implants. Her job is to lead an elite special ops unit called Section 9. Ghost in the Shell is being directed by Rupert Sanders, who is also known for directing Snow White and the Huntsman.
The Ghost in the Shell manga, off of which the film will be based, was first published in 1989. The series told the story of an elite agency who was attempting to stop several different cyber terrorists from doing things such as hacking into home computers and security systems in order to control them. The series took place in a future version of Japan where the line between what is human and what is machine is blurred.
In fact, the line is so blurred it can be hard to tell the difference between the two. In fact, the main character, who will be played by Scarlett Johansson in the film, has so many cybernetic implants that she reaches a point in her life where she starts to question her own humanity. Is she human or machine?
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According to Digital Trends, the Ghost in the Shell live-action film has received a lot of criticism for its decision to cast Scarlett Johansson and other non-Asian actors in the leading roles. Typically, in live-action adaptions of anime and/or manga series, it is traditional for Asian or Asian-American actors to be used. Critics are accusing the film of white-washing the original manga series. Will casting Scarlett Johansson as the star of the film ruin it?
In addition to Scarlett Johansson, other stars in the Ghost in the Shell live-action film include Michael Pitt playing the role of Kuza, Beat Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet, and Pilou Asbaek as Batou.
Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell manga has resulted in a number of different anime adaptions as well as a few spin-offs based on the original series. This included an animated film in 1995, which was well-received by original Ghost in the Shell fans. There was also an animated series titled Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, which premiered in 2002. There have also been several video games as well as a few books released under the Ghost in the Shell name.
If you have an interest in checking out this new live-action Ghost in the Shell film despite all of the controversy surrounding it, you will be happy to know it is scheduled to hit theaters on March 13, 2017.
Which one of the five trailer teasers of Ghost in the Shell was your favorite? Will you head to the theaters in March of next year to check out this film, or are you among the critics who think the film is white-washing the original manga series? Share your thoughts on the Ghost in the Shell live-action film in the comments section below.
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