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Scarlett Johansson to Star in a Japanese Anime Film, Ghost in the Shell

Kathryn Whitworth| January 9, 2015

Scarlett Johansson is now gearing up to play as cyborg in Dreamwork’s Japanese comic book adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.

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After the box office success of her hit 2014 action film Lucy, the actress has signed on to play the titular role in the anime-based action Japanese thriller film, Ghost in the Shell, with Rupert Sanders of Snow White and the Huntsman directing it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johansson was offered $10 million to star in the upcoming film.

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The actress will be playing the titular role as Motoko Kusanagi or Monique Kutcher. She is a heroine cyborg, who, despite the sneaky infiltrations and deafening war, finds time to contemplate the nature of her existence.

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The movie is based on Masamune Shirow’s Japanese comic book of the same name. It follows the hunt of the public security agency, Section 9, and their search for a mysterious hacker, hiding under the identity of Puppet Master.

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Ghost in the Shell has been adapted several times already – TV series and animated films. These include the 1995 Ghost in the Shell movie, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone series and the prequel Ghost in the Shell: Arise. Some of which even expanded beyond the original scope of the manga.

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While Johansson is getting ready to star in America’s live-action adaptation of the film, Japan is also preparing for their anime version of the film, in celebration of 25 years of the story. A teaser has been released online for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell: Arise. Watch the trailer below:

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There is no release date for America’s live action version of the film Ghost in the Shell, but the anime version will hit theaters in Japan in early summer 2015.

Here is the trailer of the 2008 version of Ghost in the Shell:

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