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Paramount Studios released the first full trailer for Ghost in the Shell, a manga adapted to film, starring Scarlett Johansson. 

Ghost in the Shell Movie

It’s no secret that fans are on the fence when it comes to adaptations of beloved series. This is no different as Hollywood adapted films tend to come with flack.

Among the complaints about this film adaptation, are things like Scarlett Johansson is white and not culturally appropriate for the role. Perhaps the objection is that adapted Hollywood films… well, tend to be terrible. Furthermore, we aren’t likely to hear the amazing music of Yoko Kanno, a very prolific musician in the world of animated movies and series.

Just to hear her music, this is the theme song “Inner Universe” from the anime:

However, curiosity remains, we want to see what Johansson can do in this role. Perhaps the amazing effects used to achieve the cyberpunk feel will draw the existing audience and new. Or perhaps mere curiosity is what drives people to watch this movie.

Regardless, this film has a cast consisting of Michael Pitt, Michael Wincott, Juliette Binoche, and Takeshi Kitano. The director Rupert Sanders is known for movies like Snow White and the Huntsman and Black Hole.

The Plotline

Set in 2030 Ghost in the Shell is a story taking place in a fictional city called Niihama, Niihama Prefecture. At this time, citizens are Cyborgs and have prosthetic bodies. Members of “Public Security Section 9” investigate crimes as a special operations unit consisting of former military officers and police detectives. “The Major” played by Johansson is part of this group.

How this adaptation will fare is anyone’s guess though, the trailer looks amazing!


Ghost in the Shell will be in theaters March 31st and it’d be awesome to start a dialogue about it. Join our Discord and let us know what you think!

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