First Image of Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell



Paramount has announced that the live-action Ghost in the Shell has begun production, and released the first image of Scarlett Johansson in the movie.

Based on the insanely popular manga and anime, the movie has already faced a ton of controversy over the “white washing” casting of the main character. Here’s how Paramount describes the plot of the live-action adaptation:

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” 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 Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

Comic fans have a right to be worried as the movie is being produced by infamous Spider-Man producer Avi Arad:

The film, which is based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, is produced by Avi Arad (“THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 1 & 2,” “IRON MAN”), Ari Arad (“GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE”), and Steven Paul (“GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE”). Michael Costigan (“PROMETHEUS”), Tetsu Fujimura (“TEKKEN”), Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, whose animation studio Production I.G produced the Japanese “GHOST IN THE SHELL” film and television series, and Jeffrey Silver (“EDGE OF TOMORROW,” “300”) will executive produce.

Ghost in the Shell begins filming today in Wellington, NZ and will release on March 31, 2017.