Here's the synopsis:
"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."
The rest of the cast includes Beat Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Kaori Momoi, Chin Han, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, and Tuwanda Manyimo.
When Scarlett was announced as the lead for this film, many frustrated fans cried "whitewashing" -- leading to a Care2 petition with more than 65,000 signatures -- and those fans are still frustrated today. However, other fans are excited to see her in character on the big screen.
"Ghost in the Shell" started trending on Thursday, after the release of the photo and press release, and here are some reactions:
Even Olivia Munn, who is half Chinese, could've been a better lead for Ghost in the Shell than Scarlet Johansson. #HollywoodRacism— Victor Hernandez (@toliro) April 14, 2016
O.O ¿Que Scarlett Johansson protagoniza Ghost in the shell?!! OOOOOOOOOOOOUH YES!!!!— ☭BEZHOR☭ (@bezhor) April 14, 2016
Re: Ghost In The Shell. Anime characters have a look. Assuming all those characters are meant to be Asian is in itself racial stereotyping.— The House Of WTF? (@TheHouseOfWTF) April 14, 2016
Also I'm still upset they got Scarlett Johansson to be in the new ghost in the shell she isnt even Japanese. Stop white washing these movies— Josh (@BombermanHero) April 14, 2016
I'm prob not gonna see the Ghost in the Shell movie even tho I like ScarJo.— Sarah Neila Elkins (@NeilaK20) April 14, 2016
I'm tired of Hollywood casting white people for Asian charas
Yeah, Scarlett Johansson is an odd choice, but I still trust she'll do awesome in Ghost in the Shell and I'm excited for it.— Alex Is Evil (@Alex_Is_Evil) April 14, 2016
Are they seriously whitewashing the shit out of Ghost In The Shell? You're shittin me yeah? IT IS 2016. THERE ARE PLENTY OF GREAT POC ACTORS— Ritzy (@ritzyfoxx) April 14, 2016
Scarjo is pretty but wouldn't Kiki Sukezane from Heroes Reborn be a better choice for Ghost in the Shell? pic.twitter.com/6G8YtQo2ch— Lisa Vikingstad (@LisaVikingstad) April 14, 2016
ScarJo in Ghost in the Shell...what, people want a Japanese girl playing a Japanese girl? Next they'll be suggesting a dwarf play a dwarf!— Sarah Nelson (@VermillionWorks) April 14, 2016
Between Ghost in the Shell & Dr Strange, this could have been a huge 2 years for Asian actors in great sci-fi/fantasy roles. Should have.— Josie (@knifeinmyteeth) April 14, 2016
Yes, I wonder why they cast the bankable star Scarlett Johansson in the expensive Ghost in The Shell rather than an unknown. Mystery, that.— Matthew Stott (@MattStottWrites) April 14, 2016
It's not like they could have cast anyone else as Motoko for Ghost in the Shell. pic.twitter.com/Bvfp9NUwH7— waswolf (@doppelhanger) April 14, 2016
So many people complaining about Scarlett Jo casting in the Ghost In the Shell live action.— Joey (@TheAn1meMan) April 14, 2016
If it hurts you that much, go watch the anime XD
What are your thoughts on this? Will you see the movie? Paramount will release it in the U.S. on March 31, 2017.
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