Disney has announced the release date for Dreamworks’ live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.
The film, starring Scarlett Johansson, will hit theaters April 14, 2017.
Johansson signed on to the project just last week. Dreamworks had been pursuing an A-list female star to help with the film’s financing. This announcement would seem to indicate that the plan paid off.
Dreamworks’ Ghost in the Shell will be a live action adaptation of the classic 1995 anime film, which was in turn based on Masune Shirow’s cyberpunk manga about a branch of the Japanese National Public Safety Comission, Section 9, that deals with cybercrimes.
Johansson is presumed to be playing Motoko Kusanagi, or a westernized character based on Kusanagi, who leads District 9. While most members of Section 9 have some cybernetic implants, Kusanagi inhabits a completely artificial body.