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The first, full Ghost in the Shell trailer is here, and it’s interesting and a little weird

The first, full Ghost in the Shell trailer is here, and it’s interesting and a little weird

The first Ghost in the Shell trailer is here, and good news! It is significantly better than the earlier teaser, which was basically a bunch of images flashing in front of people, and God help anyone with epilepsy.

The trailer gives us our first real look at the upcoming film starring Scarlett Johansson as “the Major,” a somewhat cheeky way to get around using the character’s original name from the manga (and anime, movie, games, etc), Major Motoko Kusanagi. Johansson is a formidable talent, but she would be hard pressed to play a Japanese woman.

Johansson’s casting caused a fair amount of controversy when it was announced. The property is deeply tied to Japan in the setting, characters, and even the themes, including the fears of a future where technology has changed our way of life. Her casting led to calls of “whitewashing” at a time when Hollywood was being heavily criticized for casting white actors even when it didn’t make sense to. Oddly, one group that didn’t have a problem with the casting were Japanese fans, who understood that the film was being made in America, so it made sense to have an American star.

That controversy will likely remain a personal matter for fans; some will overlook it, otherwise won’t be able to. But Johansson’s pseudo-Japanese haircut aside, there are plenty of nods to the source country in the trailer.

The story follows the Major, a member of a task force dedicated to combating new forms of cybercrime. The Major herself is mostly cybernetic, and the film appears to focus heavily on her history and how she ended up that way. If the movie follows the source material, there will also be some wacky AIs getting nutso.

Check out the trailer below, and look for Ghost in the Shell in theaters on March 31, 2017.

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