It doesn’t feel that long ago that faint rumors were circling round about Scarlett Johansson being in talks with Dreamworks about a live-action remake of Ghost In The Shell, so it’s brilliant news to hear that the Lucy actress has officially bagged the part. Variety confirmed that Johansson was initially unsure about taking the part but I’m thrilled she’ll be playing ass-kicking Major Motoko Kusanagi, a woman with a cyborg body whose human soul still remains intact.
The original animated sci-fi flick was directed by Mamoru Oshii in 1995 and told the epic story of cyborg hackers and those who hunt them in a dystopian world. There’s still no official green light for the film itself but with Johansson’s name now attached, I imagine it won’t be long before somebody picks it up. With Avi Arad and Steven Paul producing the movie, it’s rumoured that Paramount will be making its decision on whether to pick Ghost in The Shell or not in the next couple of weeks. Colour me excited!