The Hollywood Reporter has made a reveal naming the DreamWorks and Paramount Ghost in the Shell movie’s bad guy. Funny Games and The Seven Psychopaths‘ Michael Pitt will portray the Laughing Man, the super-hacker and main antagonist of Stand Alone Complex, who The Hollywood Reporter describes as “a bitter and vengeful man with a body that is part robot”, with a “unique sense of style…a bad guy filtered through the lens of a street artist.”
While Pitt was previously being looked at as a candidate for the role of Tetsuo in the Warner Bros. Akira project, our curiosity about this combination will sadly never be fulfilled, as his option deal expired in 2012. His Ghost co-stars are the Lucy team of Scarlett Johansson and Pilou Asbæk as Motoko and Batou, and Variety gave the movie the following synopsis:
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “Ghost in the Shell” follows a female special ops cyborg who leads an elite task force called Section 9 for Hanka Robotics. Section 9 is devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by The Laughing Man whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka’s advancements in cyber technology.
The film recently made a shift in distribution rights from Disney to Paramount after DreamWorks ended its agreement with Walt Disney Pictures, but the move hasn’t affected the release date, so it will still come to cinemas on March 31st, 2017. Directed by Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders, the US Naruto movie’s producer Avi Arad is working with Steven Paul, and Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa are executive producing.