Ghost in the Shell Trailer, Release Date, & Everything Else We Know

Everything you need to know about Ghost in the Shell, including release date, latest news, trailers, cast, and much more!

Ghost in the Shell Latest News

Sony has released another clip from Ghost in the Shell, this time a 9-minute extended look at the clip that was released a week ago. We see the Major waking up in her new body for the first time as well as a lot of action. Check it out below:

Ghost in the Shell Release Date

Ghost in the Shell is out in theaters on March 31, 2017.

Ghost in the Shell Trailer

Paramount has released the final Ghost in the Shelltrailer ahead of its release this coming weekend. Major has a lot of questions in this final sneak peek into the film. Our big question: Will you be going to see this one in theaters? Check out the trailer and let us know in the comments below….

Paramount has also revealed the first five minutes of Ghost in the Shell in a new clip. It shouldn’t surprise you that the first few minutes are heavily influenced by the opening of the original anime film. The iconic scene of the Major standing on the roof of the building, waiting to strike, looks great in live action, too. 

Check out the clip below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9n3gJRrHhk

Here’s the very first clip from the new film. Check it out:

One interesting tidbit about this clip is that the Major’s name has been changed for the live-action version. In the manga and anime, her name is Motoko Kusanagi, but in the new movie it’s been changed to “Mira.” The name change is undoubtedly due to the whitewashing controversy that’s surrounded Scarlett Johansson’s casting from the very start. It seems that Paramount wants to avoid as much negativity as possible leading up to the release. 

Paramount has released several more TV spots ahead of the release of Ghost in the Shell. Check them out below:

A little bit Blade Runner, a little bit of the anime source material, and a whole lot of weird violence, all make up the latest (and probably final) Ghost in the Shell trailer.

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Watch it here:

 

Here’s that Ghost in the Shell spot that aired with Super Bowl 51.

Here’s the first international trailer for the film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2XvUV-fWQ4

The first full trailer for Ghost in the Shell arrived in November. We got many familiar sights from the anime, including many of the members of Section 9, such as Batou. There was also a better look at how Scarlett Johansson’s bodysuit will work in the film. Check it out below:

As a teaser, Paramount released another short clip that shows off the Major’s body suit, which allows her to turn invisible and kick some ass. Check out the teaser:

Paramount and DreamWorks gleefully unveiled five very cryptic teasers that hint at the anime-turned-live-action delights to come.

Ghost in the Shell Story

The official synopsis of the film is below:

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.

The live-action film will take its story from the anime series, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex as opposed to the more famous anime movie that was simply titled Ghost in the Shell. The movie will feature the “Individual Eleven” storyline from the series, which sees Section 9 fighting against a terrorist group that wants to stop Japan from taking in foreigners.

“I find that part of the reason we didn’t do Puppet Master in this movie was we didn’t really feel like we had time to tell that story, and in your first movie the way the characters feel about themselves and the relationship with those people that they care about is usually more than enough story for a movie to handle,” producer Avi Arad said of the story. “So there are villains and they do drive a lot of the story, but they are really there to antagonize [The Major] spiritually.”

The Puppet Master, of course, is the main villain from the original anime movie. 

Ghost in the Shell Cast & Crew

Obviously, the most eye-catching thing thus far about the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie is that despite playing an anime character with a Japanese name, Scarlett Johansson has been cast as the cyborg heroine, Major Motoko Kusanagi. Although it seems that the character will only be identified as the Major in the movie.

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After the January 2015 casting announcement, over 100,000 people signed petitions protesting the casting of Johansson represented “whitewashing” of a piece of art that should star mostly Japanese actors (additionally, the film is still set in a futuristic version of Tokyo).

Reads the online petition:

The original film is set in Japan, and the major cast members are Japanese. So why would the American remake star a white actress? The industry is already unfriendly to Asian actors without roles in major films being changed to exclude them. One recent survey found that in 2013, Asian characters made up only 4.4% of speaking roles in top-grossing Hollywood films.

Perhaps more troubling still for some fans were reports that the studio initially pursued visual effects tests to see if CG could make white actors appear as Asian. Paramount quickly reported that those early tests were swiftly abandoned and that Scarlett Johansson played no role in the actual tets.

Johansson talked to Marie Claire (via Jezebel) about the whitewashing issue that proceeded her casting last year, saying, “I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person. Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive.”

Despite what you might think about her casting, Johansson seems to understand the immense responsibility that comes with being the new face of a beloved franchise like Ghost in the Shell – especially one that stars a female character.

“Having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity,” Johansson said. “Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that—the weight of such a big property on my shoulders.”

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Will Johansson deliver a great turn as the Major? It remains to be seen.

Additional casting includes Michael Pitt as Kuze, Juliet Binoche as Dr. Ouelet, Pilou Asbæk as Batou, Chin Han as Togusa, Takeshi Kitano as Chief Aramaki, and Lasarus Ratuere as Ishikawa.

The film is directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and is written by Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss.

Ghost in the Shell Poster

Check out the posters below:

Ghost in the Shell Photos

Empire has a new look at Scarlett Johansson’s Major. The new photo shows her wielding both a pistol and a knife. From our first looks at the trailer, there’s no doubt that the Major is preparing to murder some bad guys. Check out the photo below:

A bunch of other photos from the film debuted as well. You can catch those below:

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