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Arrow and Wolverine star joins Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell movie

May 29th, 2016 by Marc Comments


It may have come under fire because of the casting of Scarlett Johansson as its lead, but the news that Rila Fukushima joins Ghost in the Shell cast adds an interesting new twist to the live action adaptation of the manga classic, write our guys over at

The news was broken by The Hollywood Reporter, as Fukushima joins a cast that has been gaining serious momentum as of late; Takeshi Kitano will play Johansson’s boss, alongside other names such as Pilou Asbaek (Game of Thrones’ Euron Greyjoy, who has also appeared alongside Johansson before in Lucy), Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin Han, Kaori Momoi, Yukata Izumihara and Joseph Naufahu.

The project is really gathering steam despite the casting of Johansson to play a character that was originally Asian initially leading to fan backlash. Tempers seem to have calmed a bit, and what we’re hearing about the latest additions to the cast give us a lot of hope.

Fukushima, who previously starred alongside Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine, is the latest addition to Dreamwork’s adaptation. We’d imagine she’ll be doing plenty of face punching as the film progresses, as she’s no stranger to that; as well as appearing in Marvel’s X-Men spinoff, she has also been on the other side of the fence, in DC’s Arrow series as Katana.

Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing the action-packed project, which sees Johansson star as Major Kusanagi, a badass special ops cyborg who heads up the elite task force Section 9. The team works under the umbrella of Hanka Robotics, who have the team on the hunt for The Laughing Man, a terrorist on a mission to destroy all of Hanka’s technology, including the Major.

Ghost In The Shell activates into cinemas on the 31 March 2017.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….