The Hollywood Ghost in the Shell movie from DreamWorks has found its Section 9 chief. The Battle Royale actor Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano, also known for his own films such as Hana-bi, Sonatine and Outrage, will be backing up Scarlett Johansson and Pilou Asbæk’s Motoko and Batou as boss-man Daisuke Aramaki.

Following up the news that Hannibal’s Michael Pitt was in talks and highly likely to play Stand Alone Complex’s central villain the Laughing Man, this means the movie finally has its first Japanese actor. It’s a shame that the ‘sage sensei’ was the first to break the film’s cycle of white-washing. Let’s be honest, this development’s hardly a shock to the system. But at least it’s an improvement on the previous state of the casting.

Kotaku cited Takeshi’s thoughts on the role from Oricon and Cinema Today that “It’s not that I’m a fan of anime or manga… I decided to take the role because even though this stylish piece of entertainment is totally different from the films I’ve directed, I thought it was interesting that Aramaki, the role I play, is a character who gives off a peculiar vibe and, in various episodes, is set at the core of the characters’ relationships. I’m looking forward to seeing how the movie turns out.”

Directed by Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders, Variety most recently described the story of the movie which “follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.” 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. With the US Naruto movie’s producer Avi Arad working beside Steven Paul, Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa are executive producing.

 

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