The film adapts Masamune Shirow's original 1989 manga, and will see Johansson as a female special ops cyborg at the head of an elite task force known as Section 9. The team, working for Hanka Robotics, is in charge of stopping dangerous criminals and extremists, and their prime target is The Laughing Man, a terrorist dedicated to wiping out all of Hanka's cyber technology.
Despite earlier talk of Sam Riley (Brighton Rock) circling the role, that deal never went through and now Pitt is the villainous character, described in The Hollywood Reporter's story as a bitter, vengeful cybernetic troublemaker with a unique visual style.
Sanders is preparing to kick off shooting later this month, working from Jonathan Herman's (Straight Outta Compton) script. Pilou Asbæk (Lucy) is also starring, playing Johansson's top lieutenant. For more on Ghost In The Shell, check out our Ghost In The Shell crash course guide.