‘Ghost in the Shell’ Clip Shows Scarlett Johansson Waking Up As a Cyborg
While this isn't the first footage we've seen of the film, Paramount has put out a full clip from Ghost in the Shell, which will see Scarlett Johansson starring as a vengeful resurrected cyborg in a cyberpunk future.
In this live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series, Johansson plays Mira, also known as The Major, who wakes up to discover she's in an entirely new body. Even if "body" isn't exactly the right word; half-human and half-robot, Mira is told by Dr. Ouelet (Juliette Binoche) that she survived a terrorist attack.
"Mira, your body was damaged, we couldn't save it." Dr. Ouelet informs her, "We made you a new body, but your mind, your soul, your ghost, it's still in there. You are the first of your kind."
Mira is a special agent for Public Security Section 9, a task force designed to combat dangerous criminals, and now the perfect soldier to fight against mind-controlling terrorists. But as always, she soon learns that everything may not be as it seems. "They took my life, I'll take my revenge," Mira announces in the trailer, before revealing her cyborg form and jumping through a glass window, gun in hand.
From what we've seen, the film from Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) has visuals reminiscent of the Total Recall remake with Colin Farrell, which isn't surprising given the Asian influences of both films. The dialogue seems strictly expositional here, and since this clip is presumably from earlier in the movie, the Major isn't quite the Terminator she'll likely become later on. The clip ends with some later shots to establish that her 'Terminator' aspect will indeed come to pass.
Johannsson is back at it again as the another sci-fi lead after the 2014 box office success of Lucy (despite mixed reviews). This sneak peek arrives after the PR mess that was casting her in the lead, a character that was originally Japanese. Many have felt that this is a classic case of Hollywood whitewashing films, something Johannsson has tried to address.
Ghost in the Shell hits theaters March 31, 2017.