Scarlett Johansson phases out in Ghost in the Shell teaser trailer

Embarrassing Hollywood whitewashing aside, I’m excited about Ghost in the Shell. If Hollywood is not going to cast an Asian actress for the role (fail) at least Scarlett Johansson is headlining the film. The first Ghost in the Shell teaser trailer dropped and so far it looks pretty good.

Ghost in the Shell was a 1989 manga written and drawn by Masamune Shirow. The manga focuses on The Major, a cyborg policewoman who heads up Section 9, an elite task force, attempting to stop a hacker trying to take out Hanka Robotic’s cyber tech.

I still don’t buy the narrative that women can’t open big action blockbusters. The Hunger Games helped shatter that myth despite failings of subsequent films like Divergent. That was a case of the quality of the film not the fact it featured a female lead. Johansson has proven to be a box office draw though.

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Paramount Pictures is being smart with its potential new franchise. Ghost in the Shell is hitting theaters March 31, 2017. That was the same strategy that led to The Hunger Games being the 13th highest grossing film of all time when it was released in 2012. A March release also proved useful for Warner Bros. with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (good enough for No. 46) all time with $330 million.

We’ll see when the film arrives in what’s already shaping up to be a dynamic 2017 movie slate.

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