Scarlett Johansson to star in Ghost in the Shell

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 January 2015
Scarlett Johansson at the film's London premiere

Scarlett Johansson

Hollywood superstar Scarlett Johansson has been cast in 'Ghost in the Shell', according to a report

Scarlett Johansson has been cast in 'Ghost in the Shell'.

The 30-year-old actress is to star in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the hugely popular Japanese anime series.

Variety reports the Hollywood superstar will feature in the eagerly-awaited new film, which will follow a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, which tries to fight technology-related crime.

The adaptation is to be directed by Rupert Sanders - who was responsible for the 2012 film 'Snow White and the Huntsman' - while Avi Arad and Steven Paul are to produce the movie from a script by Bill Wheeler.

Meanwhile, there have been calls for Scarlett's on-screen character in the Marvel films, Black Widow, to be given her own movie.

The character has featured in a number of the biggest films in the Marvel franchise and Robert Robert Downey Jr, who plays Iron Man, would like to see Scarlett given a standalone film.

He said: "I think that the interesting thing particularly after Guardians of the Galaxy with Zoe [Saldana, or] even from the first 'Iron Man' where Pepper Potts was kind of this really - to me the 'Iron Man' franchise would never have taken off without [Gwyneth] Paltrow.

"There's something about her that grounded the story. She's not your typical lady in a superhero movie, and then by Iron Man 3 she's swallowing serums and putting on suits and kicking [butt] and all that stuff.

"But it would be kind of more appropriate for a character that already was like a Black Widow [to lead a movie]. It just seems like whatever Scarlett does, people want to go see it."

Ghost in the Shell

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 47min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rupert Sanders
  • Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche
  • UK release: 31 March 2017

Major (Johansson) is a human brain harvested from a body that cannot be saved, and placed in a cyborg shell to be an asset to elite crime busters Section 9. Barnstorming action, incredible production design, a nicely diverse cast with Johansson spectacularly measuring up to the role’s physical and emotional demands, and a…

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