Takeshi joins movie leads Scarlett Johansson and Michael Pitt, who previously appeared in The Avengers franchise and Boardwalk Empire respectively. He is no stranger to American cinema however, having acted in the Keanu Reeves cyberpunk film Johnny Mnemonic. Takeshi is perhaps best known for his appearance in Battle Royale, based on a Japanese novel that itself was adapted into a manga.
The new Ghost in the Shell movie will offer a live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s iconic cyberpunk manga series about the members of a covert ops unit that take on technology-related crime. “Ghost in the Shell” was famously adapted into an animated feature in 1995.
Produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul, the Ghost in the Shell movie also has the backing of Steven Spielberg. The rights to Shirow’s original manga were picked up several years ago with plans to use the latest 3D technology to film it. In Japan, the huge success of the original “Ghost in the Shell” comics have led to a number of anime film adaptations, a TV series and a series of video games.
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