Paramount has dropped a fun surprise by releasing several Ghost in the Shell teasers earlier than expected. These 10 second shorts give us the very first footage, which includes a look at Scarlett Johansson and some of her co-workers. We also get the first official logo from the movie.
Ghost in the Shell is an adaptation of the popular Japanese Manga and anime movie series of the same name. The movie, which caused a bit of a casting controversy earlier in the year when the first images of Scarlett Johansson arrived, is coming from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks. Longtime fans of the series will certainly be intrigued by these first look images. While others may feel a bit perplexed.
Ghost in the Shell arrives this spring, with a release date set for March 31, 2017. Rupert Sanders, perhaps best known for Snow White and the Huntsman is directing the movie, which is based on the infamous Kodansha Comics manga series written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. The property has already seen a number of animated movies released over the past decade.
Ghost in the Shell follows the Major (Scarlett Johansson), 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. Scarlett Johansson is joined in the ensemble cast also includes Beat Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet, Michael Pitt as Kuze, Pilou Asbæk as Batou, and Kaori Momoi. The members of Section 9 are played by Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara and Tuwanda Manyimo.
Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, Iron Man) is producing this live-action take on Ghost in the Shell alongside Ari Arad (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), and Steven Paul (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance). Michael Costigan (Prometheus), Tetsu Fujimura (Tekken), Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, whose animation studio Production I.G produced the Japanese Ghost in the Shell film and television series, and Jeffrey Silver (Edge of Tomorrow) are executive producing. Take a look at the first teasers featuring the Avengers star courtesy of Paramount Pictures.