Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have announced that the long in development movie adaptation of the popular Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell has officially entered into production in New Zealand.
To go along with production getting underway, the first official image from the movie has also been released. The image doesn’t show too much, but it is our first peek at star Scarlett Johansson in the lead role.
You can read more about the movie and see the first image below.
Here’s a description of Ghost in the Shell from the press release, including additional cast and who they are playing:
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, â€œGHOST IN THE SHELLâ€ follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Roboticâ€™s advancements in cyber technology.
The cast of â€œGHOST IN THE SHELLâ€ includes Beat Takeshi Kitano (â€œMERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE,â€ â€œBATTLE ROYALEâ€ series) as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche (â€œTHE ENGLISH PATIENT,â€ â€œCHOCOLATâ€) as Dr. Ouelet, Michael Pitt (â€œHannibal,â€ â€œBoardwalk Empireâ€) as Kuze, Pilou AsbÃ¦k (â€œBEN-HUR,â€ â€œLUCYâ€) as Batou, and Kaori Momoi (â€œMEMOIRS OF A GEISHA,â€ â€œHONG KONG CONFIDENTIALâ€). The members of Section 9 are played by Chin Han (â€œINDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCEâ€), Danusia Samal (â€œTyrantâ€), Lasarus Ratuere (â€œTerra Novaâ€), Yutaka Izumihara (â€œUNBROKENâ€) and Tuwanda Manyimo (â€œTHE ROVERâ€).
The filmâ€™s crew includes Cinematographer Jess Hall (â€œTHE SPECTACULAR NOWâ€), Editor Neil Smith (â€œSNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMANâ€), Production Designer Jan Roelfs (â€œFAST & FURIOUS 6â€), and Costume Designers Kurt Swanson and Bart Mueller (â€œTHE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY â€“ PARTS 1& 2â€).
Ghost in the Shell is currently scheduled for release on March 31, 2017. You can find more on the movie right here.