Original ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Director Comments On Scarlett Johansson’s Casting In New Featurette

Ghost in the Shell

With only a few more days until the first trailer arrives online, Paramount Pictures has released a brand new featurette for Rupert Sanders’ live-action Ghost in the Shell.

The video features Sanders and the film’s star, Scarlett Johansson, as well as Mamoru Oshii, who directed the 1995 Ghost in the Shell anime film. There’s lots of never-before-seen footage sprinkled throughout the video, but we also see Oshii giving his stamp of approval to the film and Johansson, who plays The Major.

“Scarlett Johansson playing Motoko from beginning to end has gone above and beyond my expectations for the role,” says Oshii. “I’m sure this will be the most gorgeous film in the series so far”

You can watch the video below.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

The film stars Scarlett Johansson as The Major, Pilou Asbaek as Batou, Takeshi Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki, Michael Pitt as Kuze, Chin Han as Togusa, Lasarus Ratuere as Ishikawa, Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet, Yutaka Izumihara as Saito, Tuwanda Manyimo as Borma and Rila Fukushima.

Ghost in the Shell opens in theaters on March 31, 2017.

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.