Ghost In The Shell remake whitewashes Major Motoko

Avengers ass-kicker approached for lead role in US Ghost In The Shell remake

Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell
Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell

It was kinda expected as soon as Hollywood got a hold of the rights to a live action remake of Ghost In The Shell, but according to Deadline, Avengers: Age Of Ultron star Scarlett Johansson has been approached by DreamWorks for the lead.

Set to be directed by Snow White And The Huntsman‘s Ruper Sanders, Johansson certainly has the action chops and the enthusiasm for outsider roles to help keep this faithful to the source.

Alas, that’ll be instantly overshadowed if the role of cyborg special ops cop Major Motoko Kusanagi suddenly becomes whitewashed. At least with Keanu Reeves’ doomed Akira remake, he’s partly Japanese.

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That’s right, Natasha. Who thought it would get to the point where we’re nostalgic for Akira news?

One of the most influential anime of all time, Ghost In The Shell spawned a whole franchise and was a huge inspiration behind The Matrix and the (largely crap) post-Matrix cyberpunk revival.

Pick up Ghost In The Shell and Ghost In The Shell: Innocence on Blu-ray for £9.44 from Amazon.co.uk.