It’s a busy day in this post-holiday Monday, with the entertainment industry back up and rolling, and as such there’s been a few casting announcements of interest:
– Reported to have been in discussions for a few months now, Scarlett Johansson has officially signed on for the lead in the upcoming adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. The popular manga by Masamune Shirow has seen a few different adaptations (including a pretty great anime from 1995), but this is the first live-action incarnation of the tale of Major Motoko Kusanagi: a covert ops specialist with the Japanese Public Safety Commission, who is made up of a cybernetic body while maintaining a human soul.
Johansson has been on an incredible hot streak lately with big box office drawing roles in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Luc Besson’s Lucy, and critically hailed work in Jonathan Glazer’s existential alien story Under The Skin. Her only reported competition for the role was Margot Robbie, but that likely went out the window once she signed on to play Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.
Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders will helm this upcoming Dreamworks release, which looks like it will finally take off after being in limbo for around five years.