Scarlett Johansson to Star in ‘Ghost in the Shell’

by: Marcus Rivera

Last year’s “Lucy” grossed over $459 million worldwide, making Scarlett Johansson a bona-fide action heroine. Now it looks like she is adding another franchise to her resume as Variety reveals that the Captain America: The Winter Soldier & Avengers actress will take on the lead role in the live action adaptation of the japanese anime Ghost in the Shell.

We heard last year that she had received an offer but Suicide Squad’s Margot Robbie was in talks to play the lead, but it is now it looks as though Johansson has agreed to star. The story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. Rupert Sanders (Snow White & The Huntsman) is on board to direct, and the script was penned by Bill Wheeler. Avi Arad and Steven Paul will produce, with Dreamworks and Steve Spielberg overseeing the adaptation.

No word yet on a release date yet. Stay tuned.

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