Having been the recipient of a large amount of controversy regarding the apparent white-washing of its cast (despite being set in Japan, the main cast so far includes Caucasian actors Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Michael Pitt and Juliette Binoche), one thing the upcoming Ghost In The Shell remake really needed for a dose of credibility was some major cast members who were actually Japanese (thus far, Takeshi Kitano is the only Japanese-born actor in the production whose character has a name). Now, they have this, with The Wolverine actress Rila Fukushima officially being cast.
The original article on The Hollywood Reporter doesn’t state exactly who she will be playing yet, but her skills mean there’s a lot of candidates to choose from, having demonstrated both her acting chops and martial arts capabilities in The Wolverine as Yukio. Additionally, she impressed as Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana in Season 3 of Arrow – although considering her character is appearing in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, we don’t expect her to return to The CW any time soon.
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, Ghost In The Shell follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman) is attached to direct, working from a script penned by Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) and Jamie Moss (Spectral), with Avi Arad and Steven Paul attached as producers and Michael Costigan, Tetsuya Fujimura, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Jeffrey Silver and Mark Sourian attached as executive producers.
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