Pitchforks at the ready.
Paramount just dropped five mini-teaser trailers for Ghost In The Shell, the Scarlett Johansson action movie based on the Japanese manga which sees one of Hollywood's favourite white women taking on the iconic role of Motoko Kusanagi.
Kusanagi is also known as The Major, and debate has been pretty fierce online over whether Johansson's casting equates to whitewashing or is actually totally fine. Some argue that the anti-heroine's cybernetic body is not actually Japanese in the source material, so there's a solid dispute that the whole controversy is slightly overblown.
Anyway, the too-white-or-not-too-white drama will probably be the last thing on your mind after you indulge in these trailers, which pack a stunningly weird punch and deliver some properly incredible aesthetics. Hit play below and let the playlist roll through all five teasers.
If you've read the manga or watched the anime adaptation of Ghost In The Shell, you'll probably have noticed a few distinctive visuals which pay clear homage to the source material — handily, we've gone and put them right next to each other.
If you haven't read the manga and you're literally just here for Scarlett Johansson in bad bitch action heroine mode, you're probably just pleased that this already looks a whole lot better than Lucy.
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As you can see, the scene in the teaser where the Major unplugs herself in the window cleverly homages both the cityscape silhouette visual and our girl removing her wires, which feels pretty symbolic. There are various other gloriously weird visuals served up in the trailers too, like this futuristic geisha-anarchist mask, which looks like something you might wear to rob a bank in the 22nd century.
Why have none of those bald gentlemen noticed Motoko crashing their cultishly creepy circular meeting? We'll find out soon enough.
Directed by Rupert Sanders, Ghost In The Shell could either be the moment at which Hollywood taps into the huge potential of adapting stories from Japan's finest, most fucked-up creative minds, or an enormous critical bomb and controversy magnet. Either way, Johansson should lure plenty of eager eyeballs into theaters when Shell arrives March 31, 2017.
On a scale of 1 to Tokyo, how stoked are you for Ghost In The Shell?