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.
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.