More photos that give us a better idea of how Scarlett Johansson will look as Motoko have appeared, after the cast and crew of Ghost in the Shell were spotted shooting the upcoming film in Hong Kong. Besides the South China Morning Post‘s images of Johansson wearing a “black bobbed wig with a grey and khaki bomber jacket”, the news site reported that she was seen on Pak Hoi Street in the shopping district of Yau Ma Tei.
Pilou Asbæk has also been spotted in costume as Batou, and tabloid news site Apple Daily released shots of the two actors walking the street together in their roles.
Paramount and DreamWorks 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 ongoing at that time, with a view to the film’s planned American release on March 31st, 2017. With a 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.