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Michael Pitt lands villain role in Scarlett Johansson's Ghost in the Shell

02.04.2016

The live-action adaptation of GHOST IN THE SHELL has been in works for some time and despite the vast majority of fans feeling less than receptive towards the project, it seems to finally be moving forward, and very quickly at that. Scarlett Johansson is already set to star in the film as an augmented-cybernetic human who is part of "a task force named Section 9 that deals in the most dangerous criminals and extremists." Naturally, GHOST IN THE SHELL needs someone of a villainous nature for Johnannson to go up against and THR reports that Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) has been nabbed to fill that particular role.

The outlet says that Michael Pitt won't be playing the Puppet Master (the original films villain), but will instead be playing the Laughing Man, a "bitter and vengeful man with a body that is part robot. He has a unique sense of style and has been described as a bad guy filtered through the lens of a street artist." After Pitt's wonderfully deranged performance as Mason Verger in Hannibal's second season, I've no doubt that he has the ability to give us something truly villainous in GHOST IN THE SHELL. Pilou Asbæk also joined the cast of GHOST IN THE SHELL last winter as Batou, the best fighter in the section and second in command in the army. Rupert Sanders (SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN) is set to direct GHOST IN THE SHELL and they're looking to get production started in New Zealand by late February.

GHOST IN THE SHELL is set for a March 31, 2017 release.

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Source: THR

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2:16PM on 02/06/2016
The White washing commences...not putting a dime into this lol
The White washing commences...not putting a dime into this lol
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10:51AM on 02/06/2016
If this 'Laughing Man' is anything like the one in the Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex anime series, he sure looks nothing like him. The character's description is way off its mark as well. This piece of casting information alone proves that Hollywood is already screwing up the franchise.
If this 'Laughing Man' is anything like the one in the Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex anime series, he sure looks nothing like him. The character's description is way off its mark as well. This piece of casting information alone proves that Hollywood is already screwing up the franchise.
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9:41AM on 02/05/2016

Too bad this will probably flop

Hollywood continues to not learn its lesson; the movie audience aren't just white people. If you want a film so complex and trippy as "Ghost in the Shell" to appeal to a wider audience then its cast should be more diverse. I was already done when they cast Scarlett for the main role, but I feel at this point the only roles occupied by POC will be side kicks and victims. Reminds me of OldBoy, Dragonball, and Aeon Flux all over again.
Hollywood continues to not learn its lesson; the movie audience aren't just white people. If you want a film so complex and trippy as "Ghost in the Shell" to appeal to a wider audience then its cast should be more diverse. I was already done when they cast Scarlett for the main role, but I feel at this point the only roles occupied by POC will be side kicks and victims. Reminds me of OldBoy, Dragonball, and Aeon Flux all over again.
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1:34PM on 02/05/2016
Are you taking a note out of my post? Because I was being sarcastic.
Are you taking a note out of my post? Because I was being sarcastic.
9:11AM on 02/05/2016

Fuck this.

The guy is a fine actor, but the movie itself is an abomination. There is no way this movie can be any good. It will go down in flames like Dragonball and AeonFlux.
The guy is a fine actor, but the movie itself is an abomination. There is no way this movie can be any good. It will go down in flames like Dragonball and AeonFlux.
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10:43PM on 02/04/2016
This movie is going to suck.
This movie is going to suck.
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8:55PM on 02/04/2016
Very disappointed this production is not filling their diversity quotas having now cast two white people.
Very disappointed this production is not filling their diversity quotas having now cast two white people.
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8:43PM on 02/04/2016

What the shit...

He was on 'Hannibal'? Brb
He was on 'Hannibal'? Brb
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8:41PM on 02/04/2016
Michael Pitt is a great actor and a brilliant one. Love him in Boardwalk Empire. He'll be a great villain.
Michael Pitt is a great actor and a brilliant one. Love him in Boardwalk Empire. He'll be a great villain.
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8:41PM on 02/04/2016
I like Pitt, he's cool.
I like Pitt, he's cool.
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8:38PM on 02/04/2016

Perfect for a villain!

He was amazing as Mason Verger!!! Even though I'm not for this live-action adaptation, this is a step in the right direction.
He was amazing as Mason Verger!!! Even though I'm not for this live-action adaptation, this is a step in the right direction.
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