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Ghost In The Shell remake casts The Laughing Man

Maleficent star is up for the villain role in Ghost In The Shell

The Ghost In The Shell casting rumours keep coming in, and no there’s no Japanese actors linked to the Hollywood remake yet.


Deadline reports that Control and Maleficent star Sam Riley is in talks to play villainous hacker The Laughing Man, the target of Scarlett Johansson’s cyborg special forces cop’s investigation.

To quote the site, “The story follows a female special ops cyborg (Johansson) who leads a fictional counter-cyberterrorist organisation called Public Security Section 9 for Hanka Robotics. The unit is devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by The Laughing Man (Riley) who will stop at nothing to destroy Hanka’s advancements in cyber technology.”

Apparently the situation is “fluid” but director Rupert Sanders is keen for the deal to get done, as is Riley. If he signs on, he’ll join Johansson and her Lucy co-star Pilou Asbaek, who is playing her partner Batou.

So, the casting reports for the leading roles keep coming in, and we’re yet to see any non-white actors cast. Hmm.

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