It's now under a month before Hollywood's live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow's anime classic, Ghost in the Shell, hits theaters on March 21st and the film's twitter account is teasing out the characters with a series of video cards of the main characters. The main story follows a cyborg named The Major (played by Scarlett Johansson) who, along with the rest of her task force, Section 9, combat terrorists, hackers, and cyber-criminals.
There haven't been a lot of top-shelf cyber films since it's horrid introduction by way of Keanu Reeves' Johnny Mnemonic which was based on the William Gibson story of the same name. Sure there's the Matrix series, and 1999's Thirteenth Floor which no one remembers anyway, but if this film does well it might mean a stronger return to the genre. That said, the rise of the Internet turned out to be a rather different path than Gibson had originally anticipated, so if it holds the same level of interest that it once might have will remain to be seen. Ghost also has to get past the accusations of the studio's whitewashing the character of the Major with Johansson's casting.
Written by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger and directed by relative newcomer Rupert Sanders (whose only prior feature credit is Snow White and the Huntsman), the film also stars Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche.