After a very long wait, Paramount has released the very first official trailer for the live action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell. The film tells the story of the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, in the mid 21st century of Japan.
The film was mired with controversy at the start and accused of whitewashing when it was announced that Scarlett Johansson would play Major Motoko Kusanagi. Fans were visibly discontent. Everyone from the Producers to the director have since defended this decision. Nevertheless, we’re still excited about it as this could be a major leap forward in live action anime/manga adaptations.
The trailer is very promising. We get our first look at the world, the film is taking place in. Director Rupert Sanders and team have done an extremely good job of recreating the futuristic cyberpunk world of the manga and anime. While the trailer doesn’t give any sense of the larger story at hands, it gives a sense of the themes the film will explore, of control, consciousness, identity and advancement of technology.
Watch the trailer below :
Video Courtesy : Paramount Pictures via YouTube
The film also stars Michael Pitt as the villain Kuze. Pilou Asbæk with Beat Takeshi (a.k.a. Takeshi Kitano) star as Public Security Section 9 founder and chief Daisuke Aramaki, plus Juliette Binoche, Kaori Momoi, and Rila Fukushima. Other Section 9 task force members include: Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, and Tuwanda Manyimo.
Ghost In The Shell hits theaters on March 31, 2017.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for the film :