The first full-length trailer for Paramount’s live-action Ghost in the Shell (directed by Rupert Sanders) dropped today, and holy shit does it look bad ass.
Check it out:
Let’s side aside the completely valid whitewashing criticism for a moment, and just acknowledge how incredible this looks. I’m not particularly familiar with the source material (outside of its well-known influence on The Matrix) , but I’m loving everything in display here. The action looks insane, the futuristic, almost Blade Runner-esque Hong Kong is beautiful, and there are a bunch of weird spider robot ladies viciously dragging people away from a dinner party. Plus whatever is going on with that one dude’s eyes. I am so into this.
As for the whitewashing that rightfully hangs over the film , I think we’re all in agreement that the casting of Scarlett Johansson as The Major is fairly egregious. However, there is nothing that can be done about it know. Outside of ignoring it, we’ll just have to accept it as a permanent flaw of the film and still hope for an enjoyable final product.
Now if you’re like me, you actually want to know what this movie is about, as this trailer doesn’t exactly give us a whole lot. Here’s a synopsis:
A cyborg (Scarlett Johansson) leads an elite task force to battle dangerous criminals and extremists.
Welp, that isn’t too much to go on. Oh well! The movie looks absolutely gorgeous and I’m dying to see more. Luckily, we won’t have to wait too long, as Ghost in the Shell comes out in the already incredibly packed March of next year. Fingers crossed that the film lives up to the trailer.