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Sam Riley To Play Laughing Man In Dreamworks’s Ghost In The Shell Flick


Pride, prejudice, and now cyberpunk?

Earlier this week, entertainment publication Variety reported that Sam Riley (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) will play the role of antagonist Laughing Man in Dreamworks’s upcoming Ghost in the Shell film. Riley joins Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, The Avengers) and Pilou Asbæk (Lucy, Game of Thrones), who were cast as Major Kusanagi and Batou, respectively.

Variety describes the film as follows:

The story follows the exploits of a female member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission’s covert ops unit, which specializes in fighting technology-related crime.

Ghost in the Shell PosterThe live-action Ghost in the Shell movie was greenlit for production in January. Disney will finance the feature, which begins filming next year. Paramount is co-producing the project in exchange for distribution rights in international markets.

Ghost in the Shell‘s script was written by William Wheeler (The Hoax) and Jamie Moss (Street Kings). Straight Outta Compton writer Jonathan Herman was pulled onto the team to rewrite.

Ari Arad, Avi Arad and Steven Paul are attached as producers on the project. Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa will serve as executive producers. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) was tapped to direct.

As of press time, Ghost in the Shell is scheduled for a March 31, 2017 première.

Source: Variety

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Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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