The first official trailer for Rupert Sanders‘ Ghost in the Shell is now available. Starring Scarlett Johansson as The Major, Ghost in the Shell follows the elite team of Section 9 in their task to take out dangerous extremists and high-tech criminals. The live-action adaptation brings to life the classic manga written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, and takes inspiration from the animated movies and series that followed the original 1995 anime. As you can see in the trailer below, the visuals look fantastic and it’s clear they’re not just remaking the first animated movie. I also like how we finally get a brief look at Michael Pitt’s mysterious character.
Earlier this year, I got to visit the set when they were still filming in New Zealand and left very impressed. Hopefully this trailer sells you on what Sanders is trying to do with the material and how it’ll be more than just an action film. If you missed my report read it here. You can also read my interview with Scarlett Johansson.
The international cast also includes Pilou Asbæk with Beat Takeshi (a.k.a. Takeshi Kitano) as Public Security Section 9 founder and chief Daisuke Aramaki, plus Juliette Binoche, Kaori Momoi, and Rila Fukushima. Other Section 9 task force members include: Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, and Tuwanda Manyimo. Look for the international cast to assemble on the big screen March 31, 2017.
Watch the first trailer for Ghost in the Shell below, followed by a few images from the upcoming film: