Paramount have just released an extended clip from the beginning of the upcoming live-action version of “Ghost in the Shell” via the studio’s official Twitter feed.
— Paramount Pictures (@ParamountUK) March 22, 2017
The four and a half minute clip starts with Scarlett Johansson’s Major on the top of tall building. She’s “on site” and on a mission, surveilling negotiations between a cyber-enhanced business man and the President of an African nation. Unfortunately the meeting is being monitored by some cyber-enhanced terrorists, including one who has taken the form of a robot geisha.
As the bullets start flying, Major literally leaps into action, jumping off her perch on top of a tower and into the hotel restaurant where the bullets are already flying. This is where the image of Johansson, bursting through a window, gun in hand, in her skin-tight cyber-catsuit come from. She takes down the bad guys, including the robot geisha, but not before it delivers its final message, seemingly as recorded message from Michael Pitt’s villain Kuze: “Collaborate with Hakuba products and be destroyed.”
While many individual moments from this sequence have already featured in the film’s previously released trailers and promos, seeing it all in order gives fans a more accurate assessment of the film’s look and feel.
The clip also includes an interesting line of dialogue in which the cyber-enhanced businessman boasts, “I race-change, an enhancement, now there is nothing I can’t do.” It would seem to be the film’s in-world justification for the “whitewashing” controversy that has surrounded the casting of Johansson in the film’s lead role.
Based on Masamune Shirow’s popular cyberpunk manga, as well as Mamoru Oshii’s anime adaptations, the live-action film stars Johansson as a cyborg-human hybrid who leads Section 9, a task force assigned to stop cyber-criminals. Now they face a new enemy devoted to destroying Hanka Robotic’s artificial intelligence technology.
Opening March 31, “Ghost in the Shell” also stars Pilou Asbæk, Beat Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Kaori Momoi, Rila Fukushima, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara and Tuwanda Manyimo.