Having slowly released a number of teaser images over the course of the last few months, Paramount Pictures has finally unveiled the first full-length trailer for its live-action take on creator Masamune Shirow’s anime/manga property Ghost in the Shell.
Captain America: Civil War star Scarlett Johansson takes the lead role as “The Major”, a “Special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid“, in the words of the film’s synopsis, with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders at the helm. The 45-year-old writer/director was certainly able to deliver a visually impressive first feature-length film with Huntsman, which, going by the new trailer, Ghost in the Shell seems to echo.
Naturally, many have been quick to compare the footage seen in the trailer with that of The Matrix films, with numerous shots showing hyper-real, slow-motion parkour, the Major surviving free-falls from extreme heights and bullets hitting targets with pinpoint accuracy over great distances. However, the reaction from fans of the source material have given the all-clear, for now, as to the faithfulness with which the key aspects of the original 1989 manga have been brought over to the movie. It seems then that those of us less familiar with the property will get to see a film providing a true reflection of Shirow’s original work, with some artistic variations of course.
Official Synopsis and Trailer:
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, 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.
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Ghost in the Shell arrives in cinemas March 31st, 2017.