Wednesday, 11 January 2017

New Ghost In The Shell teaser arrives online

Paramount Pictures have recently released a new 10 second teaser for Rupert Sanders' (Snow White And The Huntsman) Ghost In The Shell.

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 and are continuing instead with a series of 'glitch' teasers. The latest, despite its brevity, should be instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with Mamoru Oshii's 1995 anime. It also reveals how Sanders and his costume department have got round the issue of the Major's frequent nudity with Scarlett Johansson's (Lucy) flesh toned bodysuit preserving her modesty while still conveying the original idea...

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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