We saw the first still of Scarlett Johansson as the Major in spring, then she and Pilou Asbæk, who co-stars as Batou, were snapped on set back in June. But could this be our first look at all of Section 9 in costume? With no clear origin for the images now floating around Asian sites like Apple Daily, if they are to be taken as genuine, the Hollywood interpretation of the intelligence officers from Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell looks a little like this.
Yutaka Izumihara as Saito
Chin Han as Togusa
Tawanda Manyimo as Borma
Lasarus Ratuere as Ishikawa
Takeshi “Beat” Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki
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.
Directed by Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders, the US Naruto movie’s producer Avi Arad is working beside Steven Paul, and Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa are executive producing. Filming is now in progress with a view to the film’s planned American release on March 31st, 2017.