The Entertainment Tonight news programme caught up with Scarlett Johansson for an interview on the set of the live-action Ghost in the Shell. In this first official look at the New Zealand shoots that began in January, Johansson ducks and dives in a gunfight beside her co-star Pilou Asbæk as Batou. All in all, this one action scene took the team four days to film. Pretty impressive stuff, and the Major looks like she’s living up to all the effort.

Another quick teaser for the movie also arrived on Monday. This time we see some intense combat with Scarlett Johansson as the Major, in the familiar thermoptic suit from Mamoru Oshii’s classic anime movie. But the cliffhanger comes with a date and place: “11:13 Tokyo”.

This can only mean something big, perhaps even our first full trailer, is planned for a reveal this Sunday in Tokyo. What do you think it could be? Do join us in our speculations, we’re all pent up with geeky excitement but with this film, it seems we’re in the minority.

Ghost in the Shell is planned for US release on March 31st, 2017. We saw the first still of Johansson as the Major in spring, then she and Pilou Asbæk were snapped on set in June.

Paramount and DreamWorks backed up their first image of Johansson in her lead role with a 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, producer Avi Arad is working beside Steven Paul, with Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa executive producing.

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i went to see Dr Strange on sunday i think and we saw this there, I was so angry because it was so short xD

Elisabeth O'Neill

It’s maddening isn’t it, all these tiny little snapshots. But they’re definitely doing their job well 😆

Honestly, I saw this trailer before going to work this morning, and I did get a small amount of goosebumps 😀 It really looked a bit like the scene from the original Ghost in the Shell movie, and to date I still love that movie, thinking it is one of the greatest animated movies ever made. Still, I do hope that the movie won’t become to Americanised, if you catch my meaning. From what I have heard, the first trailer (for which this was a teaser) is supposed to come out later today. Hopefully we can them form our first… Read more »
Elisabeth O'Neill

My worry is less that it’ll be too Americanised and more that it won’t have the ethereal intelligence of the original. It’s almost inevitably going to be a western-centric idea of the anime movie, but as I was saying to Schizoidmouse above, there is so much potential to be grabbed hold of because of that.

I’m actually quite curious with this adaptation. We already had a good alternative take on All you need is Kill with the Tom Cruise version, Live Die Repeat. And also a non-traditional remake (I say non-traditional since the director never gave out actual credit) of Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue with David Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Both of these versions, while similar to the original deviate from it in a certain way and I for one kind of want Ghost in the Shell to do the same. I don’t want a shot for shot remake of the original, but I also want… Read more »
Elisabeth O'Neill

I’m hoping this Ghost in the Shell will be its own interpretation of Oshii’s ideas too. Our relationship to technology is so different from Japan’s, but humanity as a whole is getting closer to true AI all the time. This seems like an opportune moment for a western idea of the Ghost, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’m just as excited by a full trailer.


Actually, there is an event on November 13 in Tokyo and Scarlett will be there, so we will most likely get a trailer and a few announcements!

Elisabeth O'Neill

Ahhhh, yes I’ve seen this, so excited to find out what happens there.


Still not sure how to feel. I’m tired of seeing Scarlet play like every tough girl in films to be honest and I have a feeling they won’t be very faithful based on other movie track records. Who knows though this does look a bit cool.

Elisabeth O'Neill

It did feel a little like that when she was cast, but she’s been wonderful in speculative sci-fi stuff like Her and Under the Skin as well. I’m hoping the direction and script will pull from her talents there too, not just the ass-kicking voodoo she do.


Thats true! Guess we’ll see when a trailer comes out fully, get a better idea of the movie and such!


I’m really wondering if they can actually make a decent live action adaptation of this. Plus, there’s been so much speculation now it is going to be difficult for the film to get any kind of honest reaction because people are already responding to what they think it should be.

Elisabeth O'Neill

Mhmm, it’s a shame that people have already resigned it to the trash just for not being the original. I am excited to see it, but I’m still worried that I’ll be disappointed. It’s easy to get hyped up over a few short clips, I’m just hoping that cinematic strength carries over to the full movie.


I think it’s more than just that it isn’t the original. It’s the build up of consequtive failures to deliver quality adaptations. That said, we should still wait until we see this one before we judge it.