Ghost In The Shell casts Hannibal actor as villain Laughing Man

Ghost In The Shell has finally cast its part-robot antagonist

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According to THRHannibal and I Origins actor Michael Pitt has been cast alongside Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming Ghost In The Shell live-action film.

Pitt will be taking on the role of the villainous and vengeful Laughing Man. In the original manga series, the character is a corporate terrorist hacker who keeps his identity a mystery to video feeds and cybernetic eyes by superimposing an animated logo over his face.

Michael Pitt as super-freak Mason Verger in Hannibal Season 2.
Michael Pitt as super-freak Mason Verger in Hannibal Season 2.

Joining Pitt and Johansson is Pilou Asbaek (Lucy), who will be playing Batou. Snow White And The Huntsman‘s Rupert Sanders is directing the film and Ari Arad (Iron Man), Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Steven Paul (Ghost Rider) are producing it.

Ghost In The Shell fans have been waiting for the film for a loooong time, so it’s great to get some other news than just ‘Scar Jo’s supposed to be in it…’

Ghost In The Shell is in cinemas from 31 March 2017. Get all the latest science fiction news with every issue of SciFiNow.