Our first look at some real footage of Scarlett Johansson’s controversial “Ghost In The Shell” adaptation has arrived in the form of five quick teases that are sure to leave you scrambling for more. The action thriller, based on Masamune Shirow’s landmark manga series of the same name, has been battling controversy over the casting of Johansson in the lead role, but Paramount is pushing forward with a cryptic marketing campaign well in advance of the film’s March 2017 release date.
Johansson plays Major, a highly trained, special ops human-cyborg who leads the elite task force known as Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals, Major finds herself trying to stop a singular enemy who wants to wipe out advancements in cyber technology. The new teasers are void of any plot, solely providing quick looks at Johansson (in one she’s nervously pointing her weapon, and in another she’s unplugging herself from a machine) and a gun-firing Takeshi Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki.
Addressing the controversy back in July, producer Steve Paul assured fans, “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.”
The adaptation is being directed by Rupert Sanders, who last helmed “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Paramount will release the film in theaters March 31, 2017. Watch the teasers below: