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Scarlett Johansson Signs Up to Kick More Ass in ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Adaptation

Scarlett Johansson Signs Up to Kick More Ass in 'Ghost in the Shell' Adaptation

Scarlett Johansson proved she’s a bankable action star last year by delivering $458.8 million in box-office receipts with Lucy (reportedly budgeted at a mere $40 million) after years of playing a sidekick in a variety of Marvel movies. 

Now she’s signed on for another chance to kick ass as the lead in an American adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, the popular comic book/movie/TV show franchise about an elite anti-cybercrime and terrorism unit in futuristic Japan. Johansson would play a hacker-detective who’s physically powerful and intellectually intimidating. 

Variety notes that this cements Johansson as Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence’s peers in being able to get a movie greenlit based on her attachment alone. That there are so few actresses with such clout is a pretty depressing state of affairs. 

And as much as we salute Johansson for proving that audiences want to see athletic women on screen, we also can’t help wishing that a character named Motoko Kusanagi could be played by an Asian-American actress. Hopefully DreamWorks won’t repeat the idiocies of Exodus and end up entirely white-washing an Asian story. 

[via Variety]

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