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Michael Pitt Joins ‘Ghost in the Shell’ in Villainous Role

by  in Comic News, Movie News Comment

“Boardwalk Empire” star Michael Pitt has joined Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell” adaptation as the Laughing Man. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’ll play “a bitter and vengeful man with a body that is part robot… [and] a unique sense of style.”

In addition to “Boardwalk Empire,” Pitt’s past credits include “Seven Psychopaths,” “Hannibal,” and “The Dreamers.”

Based on Masamune Shirow’s seminal cyberpunk manga and the subsequent anime franchise, “Ghost in the Shell” centers on Public Security Section 9, a counter-cyberterrorist organization in near-future Japan led by Major Motoko Kusanagi.

Directed by Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman”), the film stars Scarlett Johansson and Pilou Asbæk. It’s set to open March 31, 2017.