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Scarlett Johansson Will Star in 'Ghost in the Shell' Movie!

Scarlett Johansson Will Star in 'Ghost in the Shell' Movie!

Scarlett Johansson has landed the lead role in the adaptation of the popular Japanese anime story Ghost in the Shell, according to Variety.

The 30-year-old actress will star as “a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.”

Rupert Sanders will be directing the DreamWorks funded film.

Scarlett‘s character Motoko Kusanaigi spends much of the anime in the nude, so it will be interesting to see how they translate it all into a live action movie.

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  • Doryphore

    She’s playing Asian? Dear god. Cultural appropriation is killing me.

  • dalovelee

    Am I missing something is the character supposed to be a white female or is she’s playing the character as a Japanese female?

  • Lola_coop

    Give me a break, it’s 2015 and Hollywood is still pulling this crap!

  • mandyz

    Why couldn’t they get Rinko Kikuchi? An actually talented japanese actress….This whitewashing thing is getting pathetic

  • http://BONNIELYNNPHOTOBLOG.COM/ the Little Distraction :D

    oh boy

  • LAChris08

    In the anime, its kinda ambiguous. Most of the characters can be white or Japanese. They often have Japanese names, but have white skin and features.

    Also, Re: cultural appropriation. In most of the futuristic anime, the whole point is most of the world is true global community. In fact, most dystopian cyberpunk settings tend to have Japanese as the main culture, worldwide. Japanese Corporate culture is kinda the norm, with bowing, use of random Japanese terms, etc. This was actually defined by the people who started cyberpunk, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. Japanese culture spreads due to the fact that the megacorps tend towards Japanese Kieretsu models, a system that started after WW2 to replace the zaibatsu. Really, in most dystopian anime, anyone, with any features might have a Japanese name, speak in Japanese, and defer to Japanese authority, even if they are from another country.

  • Living in a box

    Hollywood doesn’t learned anything right? Dragonball failed, Kite failed. 47 Ronin failed. What make Hollywood thinks casting Scarlett playing a Japanese character will made any different?

  • Gladys

    Sick of seeing her play a super hero…this movie will be a big fail…

  • Racist

    Is there an asian equivalent that would bring the box office draw that she commands?


    Stop whining.

  • Racist

    There are very few asian superstars in the US entertainment industry for the simple reason that generally US audiences do not respond well to them.

    Sorry, just the way it is.

  • Doryphore

    Box office draw? Please. That’s a piss poor excuse. Hollywood gives opportunities to those it sees it. The lack of [prominent] Asian people in Hollywood is due to Hollywood choosing to ignore Asians. Pathetic excuse.

    This was a role made of Rinko Kikuchi (who’s already known to western audiences and who’s looking for her big break).

    ps. This movie has a built-in audience who knows the character as Asian.