Hollywood’s current passion for comic book adaptations also extends to manga, as evidenced by Paramount Pictures upcoming love-action take on the classic Japanese cyberpunk tale Ghost in the Shell. Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers) stars as Major, a cyborg cop living in a futuristic vision of Hong Kong, as directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman). The film also stars Juliette Binoche, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano,  Michael Pitt and Rila Fukushima.

Ghost in the Shell originated as a manga in 1989, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, and has already been adapted into several anime features and TV series – the most notable of which is the 1995 anime film directed by Mamoru Oshii. Oshii himself paid a visit to the set of the live-action Ghost in the Shell during production, which helped to counterbalance some of the negative backlash that arise from the movie casting mostly non-Japanese actors in the principal roles. The decision to cast Johansson has been controversial, and also means that the character’s name has been changed from Major Motoko Kusanagi to simply Major.

Despite starting off on rather a sour note, Ghost in the Shell certainly has a chance to win back doubters if Paramount can cook up some great-looking trailers, and over the weekend we saw the first effort in that direction with a debut trailer featuring, in keeping with the current trailer trend, a slowed-down cover version of a classic pop song (in this case, Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence.”)

Opinion is somewhat mixed, but generally Ghost in the Shell fans were impressed by the trailer’s strong visuals and the promise of some exciting action scenes, if a little concerned that Major’s backstory and character may be altered to fit a more traditional Hollywood superhero/action mold. While we wait to see more from this new take on the classic franchise, check out our gallery of 50 stills from the first Ghost in the Shell trailer.

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Birth scene Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Apartments Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Batou eyes Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Batou fighting Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Batou Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Cables Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Cemetery Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer City Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Cityscape Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Daisuke Aramaki Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Dinner party guest Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Dinner party Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Fight Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Gang members Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Hanka engineer Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Hanka uniform Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Juliette Binoche as Dr Ouelet Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Killer Robo Geisha Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Major Scarlett Johansson Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Major at cemetery Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Major by water Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Major captured Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Major cloaking Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Major hair Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Major jumps through window Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Major meets robot prostitute Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Major recharging Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Major undresses Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Major walking Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Major Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Majors birth Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Majors body Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Majors robot body Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Monk Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Monks Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Nightmare scene Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Pilau Asbaek as Batou Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Robo Geisha Attacks Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Robo Geisha Face Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Robo Geisha Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Robot creation Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Robot head Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Robot prostitute Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Robot Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Running along wall Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Scarlett Johansson as Major Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Scarlett Johansson Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Takeshi Kitano Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer The Major Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

Ghost in the Shell Trailer Water fight scene Ghost in the Shell Trailer Stills: 50 High Res Images

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