Ghost In The Shell Trailer Transforms Scarlett Johansson Into Badass Cyborg

Lock and load with ScarJo

Ghost in the Shell Scarlett Johansson
Ghost in the Shell Scarlett Johansson in the sci-fi epic. Image Paramount

It might be mired in controversy thanks to accusations of whitewashing, but Scarlett Johansson’s Ghost in the Shell is doing its best to defy critics thanks to an action-packed first trailer.

The Hollywood adaption of Masamune Shirow’s 1989 manga comic series casts Johansson as the leader of Public Security Section 9, a task force who must bring down a powerful hacker.

Both the original comic and its anime adaptation portrayed the lead character as Japanese, leading to controversy when Johansson’s casting was announced.

The first full trailer arrives after several teaser pieces aiming to build up hype, and despite its slick visuals and epic sci-fi world fans are still seemingly split on it.

Directed by Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders, the film also stars Michael Wincott, Michael Pitt and Juliette Binoche.

Ghost in the Shell will open in cinemas on March 31, 2017.

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