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Ghost In The Shell teasers show Scarlett Johansson and Beat Takeshi

Scarjo and Takeshi Kitano are very briefly in very brief Ghost In The Shell teasers

Paramount has released five teaser trailers for their upcoming live-action movie based on the classic manga, and subsequently brilliant anime, Ghost In The Shell.

They get progressively more interesting as they go, but none of them are more than 15 seconds, so don’t get your hopes up too much. We do get a glimpse of Scarlett Johansson as the Major and the great “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, though, and we can’t argue with someone showing us a glimpse of Beat Takeshi.

Rupert Sanders’ film is, as you are almost definitely aware, something of a contentious movie already, given its whitewashing of the lead role and the two main supporting characters, which, as happy as we are to see Johansson leading another genre movie, is obviously a problem.

In addition to Johansson as the cyborg special agent, this version does have an impressive line-up, starring Pilou Asbaek (Game Of Thrones, LucyBorgen) as her badass colleague Batou, Michael Pitt (Hannibal, I Origins) as the film’s hacker villain, Peter Ferdinando (High-Rise, Hyena), Christopher Obi (Snow White And The Huntsman, American Gods), the awesome Michael Wincott and the great Juliette Binoche. The Japanese actors include Kitano and Rila Fukishima (The Wolverine, Arrow).

“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.”

It’s the first feature for Sanders since he made his debut with Snow White And The Huntsman, while the script comes from Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) and Jamie Moss (Street Kings, the indefinitely-delayed Spectral).

Ghost In The Shell is released on 31 March 2017. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.