Beat Takeshi 001 - 20160303This adaptation of a Japanese work finally added a Japanese actor!

Joking aside, Cinema Today reported that actor, director, and comedian Beat Takeshi (Takeshi Kitano) is joining the cast of Dreamworks’ Ghost in the Shell movie. Kitano will play the role of Section 9 chief and founder Daisuke Aramaki.

Kitano commented on the role, noting that he wasn’t a fan of the Ghost in the Shell anime or manga. He offered a brief comment on the casting:

I decided to take the role because even though this stylish piece of entertainment is totally different from the films I’ve directed, I thought it was interesting that Aramaki, the role I play, is a character who gives off a peculiar vibe and, in various episodes, is set at the core of the characters’ relationships. I’m looking forward to see how the movie turns out.

The live-action Ghost in the Shell movie was greenlit for production in January 2015. Disney originally stepped forward to produce the feature, which begins filming this year. Paramount signed on to co-produce the project in exchange for distribution rights in international markets.

Ghost in the Shell PosterIn January, Paramount announced that they will handle all distribution for the feature. As of press time, the film is on track for a March 31, 2017 premiere.

Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will direct the feature, which features a script by William Wheeler (The Hoax) and Jamie Moss (Street Kings). Straight Outta Compton writer Jonathan Herman was pulled onto the project to rewrite.

Ari Arad, Avi Arad and Steven Paul are attached as producers for the film. Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa will serve as executive producers.

Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, The Avengers) is playing the role of Motoko Kusanagi in the feature. Sam Riley (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) were cast as The Laughing Man and Batou, respectively.

Source: Cinema Today