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.
That Ghost In The Shell trailer is pretty impressive visually. Excited for the film, one of the few animes I've actually seen#ghostinshell
— Rameez Rashid Khan (@RameezFilmGEEK) November 13, 2016
— Ben Rock (@Neptunesalad) November 13, 2016
A Japanese anime movie directed by a white male where everyone is non-Asian except the bad guys? Keep it. #ghostinshell
— Jay Burkholder (@BluJayy23) November 13, 2016
— Tiger Kenji (@MechaManatee) November 13, 2016
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.