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Scarlett Johansson Becomes Major Motoko Kusanagi in ‘Ghost In The Shell’ First Look

Scarlett Johansson Becomes Major Motoko Kusanagi in ‘Ghost In The Shell’ First Look

Scarlett Johansson is ready to take on her latest kick-ass role as Major Motoko Kusanagi in the Western adaptation of the amine series, “Ghost In The Shell.”  Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures announced that production has officially started on the film, based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series, and have officially released the first image of the movie. 

In the photo, fans get to see a profile of the actress in a black wig, similar to the anime protagonist in the series. The sci-fi flick will follow Johansson, who plays a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, as she leads the elite task force Section 9, a counter-terrorist organization operating in a dystopian 21st century Japan. Kusanagi is devoted to ending all dangerous criminals and extremists, when Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose only mission is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology. 

READ MORE: Watch: Detailed And In Depth Video Essay Explores Identity And Space In ‘Ghost In The Shell’

Filming is currently taking place in Wellington, New Zealand. Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) is helming the feature. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing, while Michael Costiga, Tetsu Fujimura and Jeffrey Silver serve as executive producers. 

On May 6, the actress can be seen reprising her role as the Soviet agent and superhero Black Widow in “Captain America: Civil War.”

“Ghost In The Shell” will be released in theaters on March 31, 2017. 

See more of Johansson in the “Hail, Caesar!” trailer below:

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