Scarlett Johansson gives Major attitude in new ‘Ghost In The Shell’ trailer!
The live action remake of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 anime classic has a lot to battle against. Not only has director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsmen) taken on a remake (we know how well those go down), but the production is also already facing accusations of whitewashing, with the lead role of Major (Major Motoko Kusanagi) going to the gorgeous, but distinctly non-Asian, Scarlett Johansson.
The new trailer, which premiered at a dedicated ‘Ghost In The Shell’ event in Tokyo, seems to have removed some of the visionary thinking of the manga and its subsequent anime iterations, and looks worryingly like a mash-up of ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Robocop’ and ‘The Fifth Element’, all set to a distinctly dreary Depeche Mode cover. Ordinarily those would all be excellent reference points, but the defining characteristic of the source material here was its extreme vision of the future, one in which human souls – the ghosts of the title – became so intermeshed with artificial intelligence (the shell) it was impossible to tell them apart. This should be a step beyond ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Westworld’, but the trailer seems to depict a world we have seen before, one which has existed practically since the birth of cinema and Fritz Lang’s monumental ‘Metropolis’.
The trailer does look absolutely beautiful, and there are hints that Kenji Kawai’s mesmerising score for the original anime will be echoed by composer extraordinaire Clint Mansell’s take, so there is hope that this will be elevated above a run of the mill Hollywood robot flick, and will be a suitable step forward.