Scarlett Johansson Is Ready for Battle in First ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Image (Photo)

Movie based on popular manga and anime series will hit theaters in 2017

Last Updated: April 14, 2016 @ 9:47 AM

Paramount Pictures released the first image of Scarlett Johansson in the “Ghost in the Shell” movie Thursday.

Based on the internationally acclaimed manga and anime series, “Ghost in the Shell” follows the Major (Johansson), 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 cast also includes: Beat Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki; Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet; Michael Pitt as Kuze; Pilou Asbæk as Batou; and Kaori Momoi. The members of Section 9 are played by Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara and Tuwanda Manyimo.

Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) is directing with Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss writing the screenplay. Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul serve as producers. Michael Costigan, Tetsu Fujimura, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa — whose animation studio Production I.G produced the Japanese film and television series — and Jeffrey Silver will executive produce.

Production is now underway in New Zealand. “The crew-base in New Zealand working on the film is first class, and working with Sir Richard Taylor and the team at Weta Workshop is inspirational on every level,” the Arads, Costigan, and Silver said in a statement. “The people of New Zealand have been terrific partners in helping us bring this story and its beloved characters to audiences around the world and we are thankful for their continued hospitality.”

“Ghost in the Shell” is set to hit theaters on March 31, 2017. See the first photo from the film below.

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