There is a new Ghost In the Shell movie clip and there are some changes that were made to the material. A lot of fans of the franchise were not willing to see a Caucasian actress step into the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi. It was a huge controversy that never left the film, so they changed the lead’s name to be less race sensitive.
Anime and Manga are a huge market in Japan and its popularity has spread all over the world. The Ghost In The Shell film has been around since 1989 and has had several different anime adaptations in the past. On the other hand, the Hollywood remake is the first of live action film in the franchise.
A New Identity for Major on Ghost in the Shell
Scarlet Johansson was cast to play the lead Motoko Kusanagi and it caused an uproar. A lot of the fans were not happy with the casting as the material originally called for an Asian actress. However, Johansson addressed the white washing controversy by saying she would never presume to play another race of a person.
Because of the controversy, the production initially decided to completely ditch the Japanese name and refer to her as “The Major.” The new trailer says otherwise as the doctor in the trailer clip calls her by a new name entirely. She is called Mira, which is a pretty neutral name to side step the controversy.
Ghost in the Shell: A Cyber-Punk Reality
The newest TV spot for The Ghost In The Shell shows Doctor Ouelet, played by Juliette Binoshe, asking Mira questions. Johanssen’s character just woke up and is very confused about what is happening. She can not feel her body and the doctor tells her they made her a new body because her body was damaged from an attack. Ouelet tells her “ Your Mind, your soul, your ghost, it’s still in there. You are the first of your kind.”
Johansson’s character is a part human, part cyborg agent for the elite task Section 9. This group was made in order to stop the world’s most dangerous criminals as a means of counter-terrorism. Set in a cyber-punk future, technology has advanced to the point where cyberbrains are the norm. In conclusion, this technology allows their biological brain to interface with various networks.
Lastly, the film is set to release on March 31, 2017. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Pilou Asbaek, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, and Ng Chin Han. The film currently doesn’t have a rating yet.
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