Paramount Pictures released the first teaser trailer of the live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell.
The one-minute teaser isn’t long enough for any proper deductions but features the first clips of Scarlett Johansson’s chilling portrayal of cyborg Mokoto Kusanagi and Chief Daisuke Aramaki played by veteran Japanese actor Takeshi Kitano. Other cast members however not included in the teaser are Game of Thrones actor Pilou Asbaek who will play Batou and Rila Fukushima as an as of yet unnamed character.
Even amidst the whitewashing controversy, the teaser does seem to display a pleasing Japanese futuristic and cyberpunk aesthetic like the original anime, but this is really up to the fans to decide, just don’t blink.
In the year 2029, advances in Cybernetics allow people to replace nearly all of their body parts and organs with robotics. Through these prosthetics, the weak are made strong, and the dying are given new life. Public Security Section 9 of Niihama City, a diverse team of AI, cyborgs and unmodified humans, must investigate cases of corruption and terrorism. Major Motoko Kusanagi has full-body prosthetics, owing to a childhood accident. Her second in command Batou and information specialist Ishikawa have been assigned an important task: to investigate a hacker known only as “The Puppetmaster.” But as Motoko and her team discover, things are never so simple.
Ghost in the Shell is expected to hit theatres on March 31, 2017.