'Ghost in the Shell' release date, cast and plot news: Japanese fictional character teased

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The producer of the movie “Ghost in the Shell” was bombarded with controversy over the casting of Scarlett Johansson to bring life to the iconic Japanese character Major Kusanagi. Casting initially eyed an Asian actress to play the lead role. Leaks of movie trailer led to most critics’ qualms about Johansson being Caucasian.

Japanese screen writer and creator of the “Ghost in the Shell” Mamoru Oshii, however, brushed off the negativity after he was interviewed in a featurette for the film. “Scarlett Johansson, playing Motoko from beginning to end, has gone above and beyond my expectations for the role,” Oshii said.

Meanwhile, producer Steven Paul was interviewed also by Buzzfeed to give clarification on the issue of casting saying: “I don’t think it was just a Japanese story. ‘Ghost in the Shell’ was a very international story, and it wasn’t just focused on Japanese; it was supposed to be an entire world. That’s why I say the international approach is, I think, the right approach to it.”

The “Ghost in the Shell” is a big-budget live-action movie that will open in theaters on March 31, 2017. Directed by Rupert Sanders, it co-stars Pilou Asbek as Batou, with Michael Pitt as Kuze and Takeshi Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki.

The story was originally created by a Japanese artist Masamune Shirow. Set in year 2070, the plot can be summed up as “what it means to be human” inside a non-human cyborg body. The series of events follows the tracks of the cyborg policewoman who is tasked to save the people and wage a battle against cybercrime.

Johansson is poised to battle the most dangerous extremists and criminals in Section 9. To do this, Johansson has to totally disintegrate Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology. Teasers are already creating whispers from movie goers about the ‘nude’ thermoptic suit worn by the lead actress.