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Scarlett Johansson has been on an action flick roll lately, with high-profile parts -- and big box office bank -- in films like "The Avengers," "Lucy," and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Now, the actress is set to continue that streak as the lead in a live-action adaptation of popular anime comic and film "Ghost in the Shell."

Variety reports that Johansson had recently been approached to take the role, but was unsure; now, the trade writes, the actress has accepted the part.

According to Variety, "The story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime."

Rupert Sanders ("Snow White and the Huntsman") is directing the flick for DreamWorks. Variety reports that DreamWorks head honcho Steven Spielberg has been trying to get a "Ghost in the Shell" remake greenlit for some time, and Johansson's involvement should speed along the process.

The actress will next be seen in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

[via: Variety]

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