Scarlett Johansson to star in Ghost in the Shell

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

  • 2017
  • US
  • Directed by: Rupert Sanders
  • Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche

Live-action remake of the animated film based on the Manga comic title.


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