By Brionna Rivers
Japanese actress Rila Fukushima has reportedly joined Scarlett Johansson in DreamWorks Pictures’ “Ghost in the Shell.“ According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress, who is best known for her roles in “The Wolverine” and CW‘s “Arrow,“ has joined the cast, but they have yet to release details about her specific role.
The film is a live-action adaptation of a popular manga that centers on Johansson’s special ops cyborg character, “the Major,” who leads an elite task force known as Section 9. The series, written by Masamune Shirow, was originally published in 1989. Previous adaptations of Ghost in the Shell included an animated series, spin off books and even a video game.
DreamWorks’s’ addition to the cast seems to be a step in the right direction after “Ghost in the Shell” faced criticism for “whitewashing” the role of Major Motoko Kusangi, due to the fact that the character originally of Japanese descent. Paramount and DreamWorks were in more hot water when it was later revealed that they had reportedly commissioned visual effects tests to alter Johansson’s appearance, making the white actress appear “more Asian.”
Along with Johansson, Fukushima will share the big screen with Takeshi Kitano, who will play the Major’s boss Daisuke Aramaki. Pilou Asbaek and Michael Pitt are also apart of the cast. “Ghost in the Shell” is set for release on March 31, 2017.
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