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

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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 - Apartments

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Batou eyes

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Batou fighting

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Batou

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Cables

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Cemetery

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - City

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Cityscape

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Daisuke Aramaki

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Dinner party guest

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Dinner party

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Fight

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Gang members

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Hanka engineer

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Hanka uniform

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Juliette Binoche as Dr Ouelet

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Killer Robo-Geisha

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major - Scarlett Johansson

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major at cemetery

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major by water

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major captured

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major cloaking

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major hair

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major jumps through window

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major meets robot prostitute

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major recharging

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major undresses

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major walking

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major's birth

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major's body

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Major's robot body

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Monk

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Monks

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Nightmare scene
Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Pilau Asbaek as Batou

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Robo-Geisha Attacks

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Robo-Geisha Face

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Robo-Geisha

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Robot creation

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Robot head

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Robot prostitute

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Robot

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Running along wall

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Scarlett Johansson as Major

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Scarlett Johansson

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Takeshi Kitano

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - The Major

Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Water fight scene

Key Release Dates
  • Ghost in the Shell (2017) release date: Mar 31, 2017
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