The Hollywood Reporter’s geek faction Heat Vision has revealed that DreamWorks and Paramount’s live-action Ghost in the Shell film has welcomed Rila Fukushima to the cast in a currently unnamed role. Best known as Yukio in 2013’s The Wolverine and more recently as Katana in CW’s comic book TV show Arrow, she joins the leading Lucy duo of Scarlett Johannson and Pilou Asbæk as “the Major” and Batou, respectively.
More confirmed cast include Hannibal‘s Michael Pitt as the Laughing Man, Battle Royale‘s Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano as Section 9’s Chief Aramaki, and Chocolat‘s Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet. And there are still further cast members yet to have their roles named, including Kaori Momoi of Memoirs of a Geisha and Chin Han of Independence Day: Resurgence.
With The Speculator Now cinematographer Jess Hall also added to the film’s staff back in April, editor Neil Smith rejoins director Rupert Sanders from Snow White and the Huntsman, and production designer Jan Roelfs comes from working on Fast & Furious 6. Finally, there are the costume designers Kurt Swanson and Bart Mueller, who partnered on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
The studios backed up their first image of Johansson in her lead role with a new synopsis which referred to her for the first time as “the Major”:
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, Ghost in the Shell follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
The Hollywood Reporter also relayed the news that principal photography was still ongoing, with a view to the film’s planned American release on March 31st, 2017. With the latest draft of the script written by Straight Outta Compton‘s Jonathan Herman, production is being handled by the US Naruto movie’s Avi Arad alongside Steven Paul, and Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura, and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa are executive producing.