ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

Tonight, Paramount hosted an event to kickoff the first trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow's popular manga #GhostintheShell. If for whatever reason you weren't already eager to see how the classic anime translates to the silver screen — that's about to change.

Anime fans and journalists from across the globe gathered in Tokyo in order to get a sneak peak at the new trailer. But before seeing the brand new footage, guests were treated to a gallery featuring props, costumes and concept art as well as a panel featuring the film's director Rupert Sanders and stars Takeshi Kitano (Daisuke Aramaki) and #ScarlettJohansson (The Major).

So, without further ado, take a look at Johansson kicking ass and taking names as Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell.

I have to say, the movie looks pretty incredible. The pressure was certainly on Sanders and his team to nail this beloved and revered property. But amidst the flurry of early concerns and controversy, if this trailer is any indication, it looks like they might have pulled it off.

Let's take a closer look at a few of these breathtaking scenes from the first Ghost in the Shell trailer.

Scarlett Johansson As The Major

Ghost in the Shell / Paramount Pictures
Ghost in the Shell / Paramount Pictures

Given her #Marvel background, it's no surprise that ScarJo is able to pull off incredible stunts such as these.

Shelling Sequence

Ghost in the Shell / Paramount Pictures
Ghost in the Shell / Paramount Pictures

After watching the trailer, its obvious that Ghost in the Shell will be a bit more of an origin story — or, as Sanders said during the roundtable at the event, a "birthing" story — than a direct shot-for-shot adaptation of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 version.

Look Familiar?

Ghost in the Shell / Paramount Pictures
Ghost in the Shell / Paramount Pictures

That being said, Sanders was sure to include some of the more iconic moments from the film, like the one above.

Pilou Asbæk as Batou

Ghost in the Shell / Paramount Pictures
Ghost in the Shell / Paramount Pictures

We even get to see Batou before his cybernetic eyes get installed!

The Main Antagonists

Ghost in the Shell / Paramount Pictures
Ghost in the Shell / Paramount Pictures

Unlike Oshii's iconic take on Ghost in the Shell, this version won't include the Puppet Master. Instead, it features Michael Pitt as Hideo Kuze, who shares qualities with multiple GITS villains.

Ghost in the Shell will reach theaters on March 31, 2017.

Did you love first Ghost in the Shell trailer? Be sure to let us know what you thought the comments section!