A cyborg policewoman attempts to bring down a nefarious computer hacker.

The Major: Everyone around me, they feel connected to something. Connected to something, I'm not.

    

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CHARACTERS

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SCARLETT JOHANSSON

The Major

Born: November 22, 1984 in New York City, New York, USA

MICHAEL PITT

Kuze

Born: April 10, 1981 in West Orange, New Jersey, USA

JULIETTE BINOCHE

Dr. Ouelet

Born: March 9, 1964 in Paris, France

TAKESHI KITANO

Daisuke Aramaki

Born: January 18, 1947 in Tokyo, Japan

ABOUT THE MOVIE

A cyborg policewoman attempts to bring down a nefarious computer hacker.

STORYLINE

Based on the internationally acclaimed sci-fi manga series, "Ghost in the Shell" follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic's advancements in cyber technology.

DETAILS

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: March 29 , 2017

Also Known As: Duh u oklopu

Filming Locations: Wellington, New Zealand

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FIRST LOOK AT SCARLETT JOHANSSON IN GHOST IN THE SHELL

Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have released the first image from science-fiction flick Ghost in the Shell.

The live-action adaptation of the popular manga places Scarlett Johansson front and center. As you might expect, the first look features the actress as the special ops cyborg called "the Major." Leading an elite task force called Section 9, the Major is devoted to taking on the most dangerous cyber criminals.

First look at Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell

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Johansson stars alongside Japanese actor Takeshi Kitano (Battle Royale), who plays the Major's boss Daisuke Aramaki. Pilou Asbæk (Lucy) and Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) are also set to appear in the film.

Production recently began in Wellington, New Zealand. "We are so pleased to be in Wellington to shoot Ghost in the Shell," producers Avi Arad, Michael Costigan, and Jeffrey Silver said. "The city boasts state-of-the-art production facilities and a rich urban landscape that make it an ideal setting for a sci-fi action film."

Rupert Sanders of Snow White and the Huntsman is helming the film, which will release in the United States on March 31, 2017.

GHOST IN THE SHELL MOVIE CASTS JAPANESE STAR TAKESHI KITANO

Japanese movie star Takeshi "Beat" Kitano has been cast in the upcoming live-action film Ghost in the Shell.

Ghost in the Shell will be a remake of the original anime film of the same name. Taking place in a technologically advanced future, a special unit within the government called Section 9 hunts the most dangerous tech criminals.

Kitano has been cast as Daisuke Aramaki, the chief of Public Security Section 9 and boss to Scarlett Johansson's Kusanagi and Pilou Asbæk's Batou. Michael Pitt was recently cast as the film's villain, the iconic Laughing Man.

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Kitano is a popular Japanese film star, having appeared in movies like Battle Royale, Achilles and the Tortoise, Sonatine and While the Women Are Sleeping.

Speaking to TheWrap, Kitano said "this film will be stylish and entertaining, which is completely different from the type of movies I direct myself."

Ghost in the Shell recently moved to Paramount from Disney, though the film is still slated for a March 31, 2017 release in the US. Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is directing the film, with Avi Arad and Steven Paul producing the project.

Excited to see the team coming together? Let us know in the comments!

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Wiki - Ghost in the shell full movie

Ghost in the Shell full movie is an upcoming American epic science fiction action film directed by Rupert Sanders and written by Jamie Moss and Ehren Kruger, based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. Sanders dedicated the upcoming film to Buried director Rodrigo Cortés. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche. It will be released on March 31, 2017, in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.

Premise - Ghost in the shell full movie.

Cyborg counter-cyberterrorist field commander The Major (Scarlett Johansson) and her task force Section 9 thwart cyber criminals and hackers. Now, they must face a new enemy who will stop at nothing to sabotage Hanka Robotics' artificial intelligence technology.

Production - Ghost in the shell full movie.

In 2008, DreamWorks (which had distributed theatrically in the United States through its Go Fish Pictures banner the film Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence) and Steven Spielberg acquired the rights to produce a live-action film adaptation of the original manga. Avi Arad and Steven Paul were later confirmed as producers, with Jamie Moss to write the screenplay. In October 2009, it was announced that Laeta Kalogridis had replaced Moss as writer. On January 24, 2014, it was reported that Rupert Sanders would direct the film, with a screenplay by William Wheeler.[12] Wheeler worked on the script for approximately a year and a half, later saying, "It's a vast enterprise. I think I was second or third in the mix, and I know there have been at least six or seven writers."Jonathan Herman also worked on the screenplay. Ultimately, credit for the screenplay was given to Jamie Moss and Ehren Kruger.

On September 3, 2014, Margot Robbie was in early talks for the lead role. On October 16, it was announced that DreamWorks had made a $10 million offer to Scarlett Johansson for the lead role, after Robbie's talks for the role fell apart when she was cast as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. This marks the second time that Scarlett Johansson stars in a cyberpunk film after The Island (2005). In May 2015, Paramount Pictures agreed to co-produce and co-finance the film. On November 10, 2015, Pilou Asbæk was cast in the film for the role of Batou, the best fighter and second in command in Section 9. On November 19, 2015, it was reported that Sam Riley was in early talks to join the film for the villain role as Kuze, the leader of most dangerous criminals and extremists. But, on February 4, 2016, Variety reported that Michael Pitt was in talks for the role. On March 3, 2016, TheWrap reported that Japanese actor Takeshi Kitano had been cast as Daisuke Aramaki, the founder and leader of the elite unit Section 9 tasked with protecting the world from the most dangerous technological threats.

Principal photography on the film began on location in Wellington, New Zealand, on February 1, 2016. In April 2016, the full cast was announced, which included Juliette Binoche, Chin Han, Lasarus Ratuere and Kaori Momoi. In May 2016, Rila Fukushima was cast in a role. Filming wrapped up in New Zealand on June 3, 2016. Filming also took place in the Jordan area of Hong Kong, around Pak Hoi Street and Woosung Street on June 7, 8 and 10 or 14–16.

Casting criticism - Ghost in the shell full movie.

The casting of Johansson in the lead role caused accusations of whitewashing. It has been alleged that the filmmakers at one point commissioned the usage of CGI and other visual effects testing to alter Johansson's appearance in order to make her ethnicity appear Asian, spurring further backlash, including an ironic video response from popular YouTube filmmaker Freddie Wong. Paramount has stated the tests were short-lived and did not involve Johansson.Some fans as well as people working in the industry have claimed the controversy is a symptom of a bigger issue, and that modern Hollywood fears casting non-white actors would bring films less of a profit than white actors would bring. Marc Bernardin of Los Angeles Times commented that "the only race Hollywood cares about is the box office race."

In Japan, some fans of the manga were surprised that the casting caused controversy, since many already assumed that a Hollywood production would choose a white actress in the lead role, and they considered that not too much attention should be paid to the physical appearance of the main protagonist because the dominant themes in Ghost in the Shell are the nature of self-identity and how it becomes affected with the use of different cyborg bodies that host human cyber-brains.Sam Yoshiba, director of the international business division at Kodansha's Tokyo headquarters (the company that holds the rights to the series and its characters) said, "Looking at her career so far, I think Scarlett Johansson is well cast. She has the cyberpunk feel. And we never imagined it would be a Japanese actress in the first place... this is a chance for a Japanese property to be seen around the world."

During a launch event in Tokyo, Sanders said of Johansson, "There are very few actresses with 20 years' experience who have the cyberpunk ethic already baked in. I stand by my decision — she's the best actress of her generation". Paramount released a featurette of Mamoru Oshii (director of the original films) visiting the studio, in which he says that Johansson exceeded his expectations for the role. Paul addressed the controversy, referring to the setting of the film as "an international world," stating "There [are] all sorts of people and nationalities in the world in Ghost in the Shell. We're utilizing people from all over the world. There's Japanese in it. There's Chinese in it. There's English in it. There's Americans in it."

Johansson replied to the criticism, stating, "I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person. Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive. Also, having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity. Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that—the weight of such a big property on my shoulders."

Release - Ghost in the shell full movie.

Ghost in the Shell was originally scheduled by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures for an April 14, 2017, release through their Touchstone Pictures banner. The film was part of DreamWorks' distribution deal with Walt Disney Studios, which began in 2009. In April 2015, Disney moved the film's release date in North America to March 31, 2017, with Paramount Pictures handling international distribution. However, it was reported in September 2015 that DreamWorks and Disney would not renew their distribution deal, which was set to expire in August 2016. In January 2016, Disney dropped the film from its release slate after DreamWorks' distribution deal with Universal Pictures was finalized in December 2015. Disney's distribution rights for the film were transferred completely to Paramount instead of Universal, with Paramount retaining Disney's release date of March 31, 2017.

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