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Scarlett Johansson stars in adaptation of cult Japanese anime

Scarlett Johansson stars in adaptation of cult Japanese anime
By Euronews

<p>Scarlett Johansson has unveiled the much anticipated trailer of her new movie ‘Ghost in the Shell’ in Tokyo. </p> <p>The film is based on the internationally-acclaimed Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. Johansson stars as The Major, the half-human, half-cyborg leader of an elite task force charged with hunting down the most dangerous criminals and extremists. </p> <p>“I think this film for me is really – even though it’s set in this explosive world that’s just extraordinary and so visually stunning and so action-packed – it’s really, to me, a coming-of-age story and a story about the loss of innocence and then also the kind of rebirth that you can have from that,” said Johansson. </p> <p>While excitement for the movie is building up, the casting of Johansson in the lead role instead of an Asian actress has caused major controversy, leading to <a href="http://uk.businessinsider.com/scarlett-johansson-ghost-in-the-shell-trailer-2016-11?r=US&IR=T">accusations of whitewashing</a>. </p> <p>Director Rupert Sanders responded saying <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/13/13613614/ghost-in-the-shell-director-defends-controversial-scarlett-johansson-casting">she was the best actress of her generation</a> and did an <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/13/13613614/ghost-in-the-shell-director-defends-controversial-scarlett-johansson-casting">incredible job of nuancing the human evolving through the machine</a>. </p> <p>It was a performance Johansson described as a real challenge: “When you play a character that is some step removed from human and you don’t have the nuance and the tools of those little things that make us human, it’s just a very challenging experience because there’s so much going on inside but what’s going on inside, it’s impossible to reflect completely outside,” she said. </p> <p>The film has been in the making since Steven Spielberg acquired the rights back in 2008. Featuring stunning visuals, the trailer has already been viewed more than 8 million times on YouTube, and expectations are high among fans of the cult 1995 animated film, whose director <a href="http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/ghost-in-the-shell/43849/ghost-in-the-shell-first-trailer-clint-mansell-to-compose-score">Mamoru Oshii has approved of the 2017 movie</a>.</p> <p>https://youtu.be/G4VmJcZR0Yg</p> <p>Starring Scarlett Johansson, Juliette Binoche, Pilou Asbæk and Takeshi Kitano, ‘Ghost in the Shell’ opens worldwide next March.</p>