Ghost in the Shell Movie Debuts Anime-Inspired Poster

Confirming it knows its target audience, Paramount Pictures has unveiled a new anime-inspired poster for "Ghost in the Shell."

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Although the image doesn't mimic any of the designs for the influential anime, it does unite the members of Section 9, with Scarlett Johansson's The Major at the center.

Based on Masamune Shiro's seminal cyberpunk manga, as well as director Mamoru  Oshii’s subsequent anime, 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.

For his live-action adaptation, director Rupert Sanders ("Snow White and the Huntsman") has drawn inspiration from across the franchise, which spans manga and animated television and film, and nearly three decades. "This isn't the shit Hollywood version," he said.

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The result has met with the approval of Shirow, who recently revealed, “Scarlett Johansson playing Motoko from beginning to end has gone above and beyond my expectations for the role. I’m sure this will be the most gorgeous film in the series so far.”

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.

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