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Rupert Sanders' Ghost in the Shell adds The Wolverine actress Rila Fukushima

05.26.2016

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Filming is currently underway for GHOST IN THE SHELL, but apparently the movie isn't done casting yet. Although there's no word on who she will be playing, THR has learned that Japanese actress Rila Fukushima (THE WOLVERINE, The CW's Arrow) has signed on for the upcoming film. Fukushima joins the previously cast Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Beat Takeshi and Juliette Binoche.

Principal photography on GHOST IN THE SHELL began in April, with SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN helmer Rupert Sanders directing from a script by Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss.

The live-action adaption of the manga series will follow "the Major (Johansson), a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology."

GHOST IN THE SHELL is set to be released on March 31, 2017.

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Source: THR

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3:08PM on 05/26/2016

It's an Anime

Anime characters have lighter color skin, large open eyes, thin noses and colorful hair. They're not entirely Asian nor are they white. It's a work of fiction. If they were making a movie about a historical Japanese samurai, then yes! We should make the argument to hire someone japanese. Scarlet Jo, is a decent actress and I wish more Asian-Americans had more opportunity to take bigger roles. Until we get an Asian Idris Elba, I don't see Hollywood ever changing this trend
Anime characters have lighter color skin, large open eyes, thin noses and colorful hair. They're not entirely Asian nor are they white. It's a work of fiction. If they were making a movie about a historical Japanese samurai, then yes! We should make the argument to hire someone japanese. Scarlet Jo, is a decent actress and I wish more Asian-Americans had more opportunity to take bigger roles. Until we get an Asian Idris Elba, I don't see Hollywood ever changing this trend
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2:14PM on 05/27/2016
The character Scarlet is playing is named Motoko Kusanagi. So either you're an idiot or you're not very bright.
The character Scarlet is playing is named Motoko Kusanagi. So either you're an idiot or you're not very bright.
10:06AM on 05/26/2016
The Major should be Japanese. Sad they would screw over a beloved story like this. It's like what they almost did to Akira. But I'll wait to see if the movie's any good before casting judgment on the final product.
The Major should be Japanese. Sad they would screw over a beloved story like this. It's like what they almost did to Akira. But I'll wait to see if the movie's any good before casting judgment on the final product.
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9:04AM on 05/26/2016
I find her very attractive.
I find her very attractive.
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9:12PM on 05/26/2016
Dude! I thought i was the only one, her unique look is so hot to me!
Dude! I thought i was the only one, her unique look is so hot to me!
8:41AM on 05/26/2016
This feels so much like the studio saying "see we have a Japanese actress in there we are not completely whitewashing."
This feels so much like the studio saying "see we have a Japanese actress in there we are not completely whitewashing."
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9:51AM on 05/26/2016
Thats the problem when everyone plays the race card. Now the studio cant make any choices without being second guessed.
Thats the problem when everyone plays the race card. Now the studio cant make any choices without being second guessed.
9:13PM on 05/26/2016
Its not a card being played, they take a an Asian Film and cast a white lead. What sense does that make??
Its not a card being played, they take a an Asian Film and cast a white lead. What sense does that make??
2:17PM on 05/27/2016
So when you take a white girl like scarjo and you have her play a character named Major Motoko Kusanagi, it's everyone playing the race card. That makes perfect sense to me know. Thanks for clearing it all up.
So when you take a white girl like scarjo and you have her play a character named Major Motoko Kusanagi, it's everyone playing the race card. That makes perfect sense to me know. Thanks for clearing it all up.
3:08PM on 05/27/2016
They already had a Japanese actor in the cast...
They already had a Japanese actor in the cast...
8:35AM on 05/26/2016
Shouldn't she be the protagonist instead of Scarlett Johansson?
Shouldn't she be the protagonist instead of Scarlett Johansson?
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9:51AM on 05/26/2016
Would you spend a 100 million dollars if she was the main protagonist? Really?
Would you spend a 100 million dollars if she was the main protagonist? Really?
10:21AM on 05/26/2016
Hmm, no. But with Rinko Kikuchi, maybe.
Hmm, no. But with Rinko Kikuchi, maybe.
10:54AM on 05/26/2016
Rinko as the lead for a 100 million production would be a poor investment.
Rinko as the lead for a 100 million production would be a poor investment.
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