Sunday, 15 January 2017

New Ghost In The Shell featurette explores making the film

In a pleasingly cyberpunk style, Paramount Pictures' publicity machine have so far eschewed the traditional trailer route for their live action Ghost In The Shell remake with a series of 'glitch' teasers. Now here comes a more traditional form of promotional push for the movie, as star Scarlett Johansson (Lucy) and director Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman) discuss working on the film while showing some behind the scenes action.

Also featured, and present to give his stamp of approval to the new venture is Mamoru Oshii, director of the 1995 anime version and the sort of person who can try to allay the fears of those who are worried about the casting of Johansson in such an iconic manga role.

Adapted from Masamune 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 US cinemas on 31 March. For more on Ghost In The Shell, check out our Ghost In The Shell crash course guide.

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