We have to admit: this is one that we thought would never happen, but now we’re coming to accept that it might just come to pass – which we’re obviously delighted about. We’re, of course, referring to the live-action remake of the 1995 anime classic Ghost In The Shell.
Directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman) and starring Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Under The Skin), the latest name to be added to the cast is Pilou Asbaek (Lucy, and soon to play Euron Greyjoy in Game Of Thrones), who will play Batou as reported by Variety.
While it is a decent piece of casting – we’re sure Asbaek will be great – it does however represent the second case of a white actor being cast in the film based on such a classic Japanese story, following that of Johansson. Again, considering the studio backing and big names behind it, it is slightly disappointing that Japanese actors haven’t been cast in the major roles. Hopefully this won’t be a trend that continues for the rest of the casting, but we’ll wait and see.
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