Scarlett Johansson to Star in Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Remake

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01:  Actress Scarlett Johansson attends the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on December 1, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Dreamworks’ long-gestating Ghost in the Shell adaptation appears to be one step closer to actually happening, with The Hollywood Reporter confirming that Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in the film. The project’s been in the works since 2008, but it only found a director — Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders — last year. As many internet commenters will tell you, Ghost in the Shell was a Japanese comic book before being turned into critically acclaimed anime in 1995; Johansson will play a cyborg police officer who battles a mysterious hacker known as the Puppetmaster. Both of them, presumably, use more than 10 percent of their brains.

Scarlett Johansson to Star in Ghost in the Shell