The first full trailer for the live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation, starring Scarlett Johansson, has been released. Check it out below.
In case you've never seen the original 1995 anime movie or the Stand Alone Complex series (and this writer would highly recommend them), Ghost in the Shell is about The Major (here played by Scarlett Johansson in a somewhat controversial casting decision), an android who leads a secret government task force dealing with existential threats to the state in a grimy cyberpunk future.
The aesthetic displayed in the trailer above is seriously interesting, though it is mostly notable for the fact that a number of scenes look shot-for-shot remade from the source material. What intrigues this writer are the bits and pieces that look more original, or are borrowed faithfully from Stand Alone Complex, like the circle of seated figures at the end, or the creepy robo-geishas. Also intriguing is the involvement of creative consultant Sophie Charlotte Andresen, whose fingerprints are all over the look of the production design.
What remains to be seen is how well director Rupert Sanders (previously of Snow White and the Huntsman), and writers Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss, adapt the ideas and philosophies present in the original works. Also lingering are the issues of whitewashing (slightly offset, but only slightly, for this writer by the appearance of the magnificent Takeshi Kitano).
As always, the proof will be in the pudding. Ghost in the Shell is currently set for release on the 31st of March, 2017.