The Ghost in the Shell trailer landed yesterday, and it looks like a neat adaption. The controversy over Scarlett Johansson's casting as Major hasn't gone away though, with many seeing it as white washing the character.
Speaking at an event held for the film (via Wired), director Rupert Sanders defended the decision, saying it was a gut decision and he has no regrets thanks to her abillities.
To me, I cast very much from the gut and I think I was very lucky to be able to get an amazing international cast of people that I've always really wanted to work with.
I stand by my decision — she's the best actress of her generation. I was flattered and honoured that she would be in this film. I think, certainly people who were around the original anime, have been vehemently in support of her because she's incredible and there are very few like her.
This is a pretty controversial point, and everyone will feel different about it. Johansson is defintely one of the most recognisable actresses working today though, so I can understand it from that point of view at least.