See new footage of Scarlett Johansson from Ghost in the Shell
Scarlett Johansson serves a serious uppercut in the new teaser for Paramount’s upcoming Ghost in the Shell adaptation.
Ghost in the Shell Movie – coming to theatres March 31, 2017.
Cyborg policewoman 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 Robotic’s artificial Intelligence technology
Ghost in the Shell is an upcoming American science fiction crime film based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Chin Han, Lasarus Ratuere and Juliette Binoche. It will be released on March 31, 2017 in 2D, 3Dand IMAX 3D.
The casting of Johansson in the lead role caused accusations of whitewashing.As it is still unclear if Johansson’s character will retain her Japanese name, fans have argued that changing both the Japanese setting and main character’s name to make the film a complete cultural adaptation would be a wiser decision. 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 the Los Angeles Times commented that “the only race Hollywood cares about is the box office race.”[
In Japan, fans of the manga were surprised that the casting caused controversy with many already assuming that the Hollywood production would choose a white actress in the lead role, since they consider 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 which 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.”
Producer Steven 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.”