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News: Hollywood’s Ghost in the Shell producer addresses casting controversy

Steven Paul, the producer of Paramount and DreamWorks’ Ghost in the Shell, has spoken in response to the controversy over the casting of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi. Despite the understandable frustration over many aspects of the original Japanese character being erased, with Johansson’s character known only as “the Major”, Paul defends the decision, saying in an interview with BuzzFeed, “I think everybody is going to end up being really happy with it. They’re going to be very, very happy with it when they see what we’ve actually done with it, and I don’t think anybody’s going to be disappointed.”

He went on to argue that the casting choices made reflect the universality of Masamune Shirow’s manga and the anime movie by Mamoru Oshii, saying “I don’t think it was just a Japanese story. Ghost in the Shell was a very international story, and it wasn’t just focused on Japanese; it was supposed to be an entire world. That’s why I say the international approach is, I think, the right approach to it.” He said that manga publishers Kodansha and even Shirow himself have been supportive of the film, assuring fans “We’ve been very, very careful. Obviously, there’s some new imagination, as well. I mean, like anything, when you’re making a movie, you’ve gotta bring your own.”

Paul affirmed that the Hollywood live-action’s lead will simply be named “the Major”, rather than “Major Kusunagi”, and that the movie will take place in an “international world.” It was also mentioned in reference to an Associated Press interview that the previously cast Kaori Momoi will play the mother of Johansson’s character. She too defended the casting, saying “I felt blessed to have worked with her.”

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