Paramount’s live-action “Ghost in the Shell” adaptation has added Rila Fukushima (“The Wolverine’s” Yukio, “Arrow’s” Katana) to the cast that already includes Scarlett Johansson as the lead, alongside Michael Pitt and Juliette Binoche.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fukushima’s role hasn’t been identified in the film, which comes from director Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Hunstman”), and writers Jonathan Herman (“Straight Outta Compton”) and Jamie Moss (“Street Kings”).
The casting is notable for its inclusion of an Asian actress. Earlier this year, the adaptation was under heat from fans, who criticized the film for “whitewashing” its characters — to the extent that an online petition was launched in protest. A report even indicated that the studio was testing VFX technology that could make white actors appear Asian in post-production.
Based on the manga title of the same name, “Ghost in the Shell” follows the cyborg Kusanagi, who is part of an elite cybercrime-fighting task force referred to as Section 9. The live-action adaptation is set for an April 14, 2017 release, opposite Universal’s “Fast 8.”
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