Ghost in the Shell Movie Casts Michael Pitt as Villain

Ghost in the Shell Casts Michael Pitt as Villain Opposite Scarlett JohanssonAs the Ghost in the Shell live-action movie nears production, we finally get some more news about the casting choices.

Michael Pitt, best known for his roles on Boardwalk Empire or Hannibal, has landed the villainous role opposite Scarlett Johansson.

In a report from The Holllywood Reporter, Rupert Sanders is set to direct the movie. Production is aiming to start up late this month in New Zealand.

Ghost in the Shell is an epic sci-fi story about Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson), a special-ops cyborg in a group called Section 9. Their job is to handle the worst of the worst.

The main villain is known as The Laughing Man (Michael Pitt). In the manga and anime, he is an expert hacker who has remained hidden by editing over his face with an animated logo in video feeds and cybernetic eyes.

When casting was first announced, Ghost in the Shell saw a good amount of controversy when it cast Johansson as the lead role. For a story set in Japan, people have been upset that more Japanese weren’t cast in the same roles. People are worried that Johansson was cast mainly for her star value.

While these are valid arguments, we like to remain open-minded until we can see everything for ourselves.

Ghost in the Shell is scheduled to release on March 31, 2017.

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