Rila Fukushima Joins Cast Of ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Adaptation

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Rila Fukushima (The Wolverine, ‘Game of Thrones’) joined Dreamworks’ big-budget adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson according to THR.

Based on the uber-popular manga by Masmune Shirow, the story follows Maj. Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg that is a part of an elite cybercrime-fighting task force known as Section 9. It was not revealed what role Fukushima, who is also known as Katana on ‘Arrow,’ will play.

The studio had previously dealt with complaints of whitewashing the Japanese manga with Johansson’s casting and other white actors portraying traditionally Japanese characters. In addition to Katana, Fukushima was the future-seeing ninja Yukio in 2013’s The Wolverine and played a Red Priestess on the third episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ fifth season in 2015 (she was referenced in the most recent episode, in fact).

Directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White & the Huntsman) and written by Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss, the blockbuster also stars Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano and Chin Han. It hits theaters March 31, 2017.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

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  • Vegas82

    So they DO know that Asian actresses exist.

  • Peter James

    That’s some hella great Johnny-come-lately pander-ific stuff, right there.

    “Let’s just put some more Japanese actors and actresses around ScarJo and maybe people won’t notice that she’s playing a Japanese character.”
    Well played Studio suits.
    Well played.

    Even though she may be playing a gynoid for all we know.

    It’s going to be pretty awkward in that first scene she appears in, when people in the theater ask,….”…hey, how come she’s not Motoko Kusanagi?”

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  • Carl

    Cool but is she in Wolverine 3? She should be. Why waste a really good character.