2016 has been a banner year for robots (looking at you, Westworld). If you can’t get enough of the android enthusiasm, 2017 has a treat in store in the form of a live-action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell, an acclaimed Japanese franchise that spans animated movies, TV, and manga.
The film stars Scarlett Johansson as Major – a special ops, one-of-a-kind, human-cyborg hybrid. Major leads an elite task force of a near future government called Section 9, devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists. Section 9 finds itself faced with a particularly nefarious enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
A few cryptic teasers were released back in September, but beyond that, the majority of media coverage for Ghost In The Shell has focused on the controversial decision to give Johansson the lead role. Fans and critics have blasted the film for casting a white actor as a Japanese character, calling it another episode in a long history of Hollywood whitewashing. The outcry has been justifiably loud, and it remains to be seen whether the box office will suffer as a result.
What we do know so far is that the first trailer reveals stunning visuals and a killer cover song. Any further judgements will have to wait until Ghost In The Shell hits cinemas in next March.