The first full trailer for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Ghost in the Shell is here. The live-action adaptation of the anime classic hits theaters in March, and stars Scarlett Johansson. Check the trailer out below, with an intro from Scarlett herself:
Johansson plays the Major, a cyborg who leads a futuristic anti-terrorist taskforce known as Section 9. The movie also features Game of Thrones‘ Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, and Michael Pitt.
In Japan, the Ghost in the Shell franchise comprises a variety of movies, series, and comic books. Earlier this month the film’s producer Avi Arad revealed that the villain would be Kuze, played by Pitt and glimpsed briefly in this new trailer. Kuze appeared in the series Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig, as opposed to Puppet Master from the first anime movie, which was released in 1995.
“We’re not doing Puppet Master. It’s not Laughing Man. It involves Kuze,” he told Collider. “The big thing we are doing here is that we’re not necessarily doing an origins backstory, but we are addressing [the Major]’s sense of self and resolving how she defines herself in terms of memories. That’s one of the main thrusts in the story. Inspired by [the episode] “Affection” in 2nd Gig. It’s bits and pieces of those mixed together.
Arad went on to explain that fans would nevertheless notice elements from other Ghost in the Shell releases in the film. “You’ll recognize some things from Ghost in the Shell: Innocence like the geisha bot,” he said. “Everything we pulled from the movie is because we thought it was cool. There’s a whole thermoptic sequence with the garbageman. We did that because we thought it was really cool.”
Ghost in the Shell is released on March 31, 2017.