‘Ghost in the Shell’ to Reunite Scarlett Johansson With ‘Lucy’ Co-Star
After years of development and uncertainty, the Ghost in the Shell movie is finally preparing to head into production, with Scarlett Johansson set to play the lead role in the English-language adaptation of the beloved Japanese anime. And it looks like Johansson will be keeping some familiar company, as her Lucy co-star Pilou Asbæk has joined the cast.
According to Variety, Danish actor Pilou Asbæk has signed on to star in Ghost in the Shell, which is being directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman). It was recently reported that Straight Outta Compton writer Jonathan Herman has been hired to write a new draft of the screenplay, following previous drafts written by William Wheeler (Ray Donovan), Laeta Kalogridis (Terminator Genisys) and Jamie Moss (Street Kings).
Based on the classic manga that inspired the 1995 film, Ghost in the Shell stars Johansson as Motoko Kusunagi (or an original equivalent), a cyborg member of a special ops task force known as Public Security Section 9. Kusunagi and her team are tasked with battling terrorism in a future cyberpunk dystopia.
Asbæk has signed on to play Batou, second in command to Kusunagi and the best fighter on the force. The Danish actor is best known for his roles in Borgen and The Borgias, and starred opposite Johansson in Lucy, in which he played the sleazy drug dealer whose actions set off the events of the film. Asbæk was also recently cast as Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones Season 6.
Ghost in the Shell hits theaters on March 31, 2017.