Live-Action "Ghost in the Shell" Casts Pilou Asbæk as Batou

Pilou Asbæk has reportedly joined DreamWorks Pictures' live-action adaptation of "Ghost in the Shell," reuniting the Danish actor with "Lucy" star Scarlett Johansson.

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.

According to Variety, Asbæk is thought to play Batou, the second-best melee fighter in Section 9, and second in command to Kusanagi.

Rupert Sanders ("Snow White and the Huntsman") is attached to direct from a script that's being reworked by "Straight Outta Compton" writer Jonathan Herman. Production is set to begin early next year.

Cast as Pontius Pilate in MGM's remake of "Ben-Hur," Asbæk will also play Euron Greyjoy in the sixth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

"Ghost in the Shell" opens March 31, 2017.

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