This is certainly a positive step for a movie that has had go up against complaints about its casting (particularly Scarlett Johansson in a role many thought should be played by an Asian actor) and is paddling upstream against the usual torrent of misgivings about remakes. Mansell is known for haunting, evocative music and is a regular collaborator for some great directors, so we are certainly interested to see what he brings to the techno noir world created by Masamune Shirow.
Adapted from Shirow's original 1989 manga, Ghost In The Shell sees Johansson as a 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.
Johansson's Lucy (2014) co-star Pilou Asbæk is aboard to play Batou, the second best fighter in the section and her trusted lieutenant, with Juliette Binoche (Cosmopolis), 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi), Michael Pitt (Seven Psychopaths) and Kaori Momoi (Memoirs Of A Geisha) also appearing. The members of Section 9 are played by Chin Han (The Dark knight), Danusia Samal (Tyrant), Lasarus Ratuere (The Mule), Yutaka Izumihara (Unbroken) and Tuwanda Manyimo (The Rover).
With a script by Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton), Ghost In The Shell will arrive in cinemas on 31 March.
As for Mansell, he recently provided the music for one of the latest Black Mirror episodes and will reunite with Moon director Duncan Jones for Mute.
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