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Scarlett Johansson Gets a New Body in This ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Clip

“They took my life, I’ll take my revenge.” #GhostInTheShell

Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson opens in theaters nationwide on March 31, 2017.

Ahead of the release, Paramount has sent us a brand new clip that shows Johansson waking up only to learn that her body has been destroyed.

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others.

The film, directed by Rupert Sanders, is based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, “The Ghost in the Shell.”




  • Blade4693

    Will this be the new trend in Hollywood? Live action versions of popular manga/anime? I know they tried Dragon Ball but I refuse to watch it because I could tell from the beginning it was a disaster and not true to the story.

    Ill take a live action Akira or Cowboy Beebop though lol

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      To be fair, Dragonball/DBZ is just something that mainly works best in animation. China made a somewhat faithful adaption to an extent, and everyone just laughs it off for how silly it all looks.

      I think it could be a cool trend as I’d like some good films out of anime shows I like. And quite a bit of anime out there can benefit with a more western influence. I mean, Japan is making a Fullmetal Alchemist live action film, and didn’t change anything about the setting at all, and we’re supposed to buy that this Japanese kid just has natural long, blond curly hair and this STILL European-ish nation is populated exclusively by Asians. The film could still be fine (I don’t have my hopes up) but it already looks just…..strange. They look like only slightly above average Japanese cosplayers.

      But I’m now kinda ranting, overall it all still depends on the film makers of course. That’s what makes or breaks any film.

      It’s all fair game if you ask me. People act like Japan should be the ONLY ones to do it, and they do quite often, with almost always terrible results. The only anime adaptions I’ve seen done really well were the Rurouni Kenshin flicks. Others at best will only be decent, but mostly awful.

  • Otterlee

    Did they not even watch the anime? She was given her body as a child due to an accident. This is not GITS. There is plenty already out there to adapt, why rewrite the whole premise? I’m done with this.

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      Um, that part of the backstory is still there if you just read the synopsis and even watch the clip. The only difference seems to be the accident doesn’t happen in childhood. She still gets in some kind of accident that severely destroys her organic body, having them replace it with a completely synthetic one prior to her consent. How the hell is this NOT following that general set-up?

      The accident that Kusanagi gets into also kind of varies with each incarnation, and is never even fully elaborated on. It was only in 2nd Gig if I remember correctly that they showed a flashback with a plane crash. And that was basically the only time. Kusanagi’s early life is usually kept intentionally vague because they also dabble in the idea that she may have never been human in the first place. Which is her general existential crisis and the general theme of “what makes us human” and what not.

      This film is not just copying one incarnation though, it’s taking inspiration from the multiple ones. It’s why the villain in the film is not even the original Puppet Master, but The Laughing Man from S.A.C.

  • Matt

    I know absolutely nothing about the source material. Having said that, I think this looks pretty cool. This is definitely on my “to see” list.

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