GHOST IN THE SHELL poster & full trailer debut starring Scarlett Johansson & Takeshi Kitano

GHOST IN THE SHELL poster & full trailer debut starring Scarlett Johansson & Takeshi Kitano

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You saw it here first, folks… unless you were in Tokyo. Thanks to a special event over there, the first full GHOST IN THE SHELL trailer has now been released by Paramount Pictures for the whole world to enjoy, along with the theatrical poster. Actress Scarlett Johansson and actor Takeshi Kitano, along with director Rupert Sanders shared the first look at the trailer with fans at an epic special event, opening with Taiko drummers, including the legendary anime film composer Kenji Kawai, the event held at TABLOID began with a screening of never-before-seen footage from the film. Attendees were given an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the costumes and props from the film, as well as an opportunity to capture their experience in a film-centric experiential photo booth – “Becoming the Major.” The exciting show concluded with Johansson, Kitano, and Sanders debuting the film’s global trailer, triggering its worldwide launch. GHOST IN THE SHELL is based on the now-classic Anime film of the same name, though the live action version has come under fire a bit with the casting of a white American (Johansson) in the lead. I’m not sure how to feel about it, as there’s certainly arguments to be made for Asian actors not getting a chance to play a role made famous by Asian filmmakers and creators, but the studio also knows this is going to cost a LOT of money, and they need to be able to sell it to American audiences. The trailer, which you can watch below, does look fairly cool, but it’s not yet blowing me away like I’d hoped. We’ll see what the end result delivers in March, but tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows Major, 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.

GHOST IN THE SHELL opens in theaters March 31, 2017

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