You’ve definitely heard by now, Scarlett Johansson is The Major, otherwise known as Motoko Kusanagi in the source material for the upcoming live action film.
Director Rupert Sanders has defended his decision throughout the film’s promotion, and I expect him to continue to do so when we all flock to the box office come March 31st, despite the outcry for more Asian actors in Asian narratives.
The Major is a kickass cyborg in Japan, so, yes, in theory we could have expected her to have more Asian characteristics. By as a cyborg, how is it really possible to determine what make-up she’s supposed to have?
Frankly, her character is supposed to be kickass. From what I’ve seen in trailers… They won’t be letting us down in this regard. So WHY, I ask, is everyone so bitter?!
Perhaps the real issue is that the Ghost In The Shell live action shouldn’t have been an American production in the first place.
If you’re craving Ghost In The Shell as much as we are… Fulfill the need by watching Stand Alone Complex here.
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