Saturday, 25 February 2017

Scarlett Johansson discusses Ghost In The Shell

Scarlett Johansson has so far played an artificial intelligence in Her (2013), an alien in Under The Skin (2013), and a psychokinetic superhuman in Lucy (2014) – but in Ghost In The Shell, the live action adaptation of the cult manga franchise, she plays a cyborg with a human soul. And as you can see from the latest image via Empire magazine, a cyborg with a healthy taste in cyberpunk leather and futuristic motorcycles.

Johansson plays special ops cyborg The Major, and as she discussed with Empire magazine in recent interview, she is at something of an existential crossroads when we meet her. "She's living a unique experience," the star explains, "as somebody who has an idea of who she thinks she was, and then who she is now, and the person that she feels she is, this sort of gnawing feeling she has in her ghost. Being able to play those three sides: the ego, the superego and the id... That was pretty enticing."

Johansson also gave a small insight into her apparent dip into naturism, glimpsed in the trailer – actually The Major sporting a flesh toned silicone camouflage suit. "I don't wear that too often, thankfully," explains Johansson. "It's hot where you don't want it to be and cold where you don't want it to be."

Adapted from Masamune Shirow's original 1989 manga and directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman), Ghost In The Shell sees Johansson as The Major, a special ops cyborg who is 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 Kuze (Michael Pitt), a terrorist dedicated to wiping out all of Hanka's cyber technology.

Johansson's Lucy 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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