Production is underway on “Ghost in the Shell,” Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures announced Thursday, releasing a first look at Scarlett Johansson (“Lucy,” “The Avengers”) as cyborg Major Kusanagi.
Directed by Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Van Helsing”), the film has begun shooting in Wellington, New Zealand.
Joining Johansson in the cast are Beat Takeshi Kitano (“Battle Royale” series), Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”) and Michael Pitt (“Hannibal,” “Boardwalk Empire”).
Beloved as the original manga series and resulting animated film and series have been, the live-action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell” has already courted controversy with its casting of Johansson as its lead.
“Ghost in the Shell” is scheduled for U.S. release March 31 of next year.
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