2017 is set to bring plenty of talked-about and highly-anticipated blockbusters to movie screens, though few have generated as much pre-release controversy as the live-action Hollywood remake of the anime/manga classic, Ghost in the Shell. While footage from the film (released by way of trailers) has been praised for its faithfulness to the visual style of its predecessors, the film has also come under-fire for its whitewashing casting of Scarlett Johansson as the film’s protagonist – originally depicted as a Japanese woman.
Those who are working on the live-action Ghost in the Shell have thus been keen to assure fans that the film will be a respectful adaptation; one that comes with a seal of approval from Ghost in the Shell animated movie director Mamoru Oshii, no less. Now both Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders and Johansson herself have spoken out in support of the movie, too.
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