The Major’s ready to report for duty on the Japanese front.
Earlier today, the Japanese website for the live-action Ghost in the Shell film updated with a new promotional video. The 30-second trailer features footage from the film, spliced with clips from a recent fan event.
The trailer confirms that Ghost in the Shell will open in Japanese theaters on April 7. The feature will hit North American theaters on March 31.
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.
In January, Paramount announced that they will handle all distribution for the feature.
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.
The remaining confirmed crew members include:
- Cinematographer: Jess Hall (The Spectacular Now
- Editor: Neil Smith (Snow White and the Huntsman)
- Production Designer: Jan Roelfs (Fast & Furious 6)
- Costume Designer: Kurt Swanson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay)
- Costume Designer: Bart Mueller (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay)
The confirmed cast in the film includes:
- The Major: Scarlett Johansson
- Batou: Pilou Asbæk
- Daisuke Aramaki: Beat Takeshi
- The Laughing Man: Sam Riley
- Dr. Ouelet: Juliette Binoche
- Section 9 Task Force Member: Tuwanda Manyimo
- Section 9 Task Force Member: Chin Han
- Section 9 Task Force Member: Lasarus Ratuere
- Section 9 Task Force Member: Yutaka Izumihara
Rila Fukushima (Game of Thrones, Arrow) is also in the film, though her role is unnamed as of press time.
Paramount released a two-minute trailer for the film on November 14. IGN started streaming a two-and-a-half minute “shelling sequence” clip a day later. You can check both out below: