It has been reported that the Scarlett Johansson, known for her role as Black Widow in “Iron Man 2” and “Avengers”, is being sought after for a starring role in a live action adaption of the popular sci-fi anime “Ghost in the Shell”. She was offered $10 million for the role after being recognized as an A-list actor for her standout role in the Marvel film and most recently “Lucy”. Hollywood’s plan to bring an English version of the Mamoru Oshii anime became a step closer to reality when DreamWorks hired Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders to direct the film. DreamWorks co-owner Steven Spielburg acquired the rights to the film rights in 2009. With Johansson on board, a live film is now likely. Personally, I think the right choice was made. Scarlett Johansson has the ability to portray Major Motoko Kusanagi well since the character’s demeanor and skill set are close to that of Natasha Romanoff. Lucy was a deviation from this character so I wouldn’t categorize her with Natasha. So yes, I believe Scarlett can do the character justice as long as Rupert Sanders and DreamWorks do the same for the adaption. We’ll keep track of this as more information come out.
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