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GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017): Michael Pitt To Play The Laughing Man

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Michael Pitt slated to appear in Ghost in the Shell. The Hannibal and Boardwalk Empire actor will be portraying the villain in Paramount Pictures‘ adaptation of the Japanese manga series.

Celebrated in it’s native Japan and beloved by readers worldwide, Ghost in the Shell was adapted into an animated, feature-length film in 1995 that proved as successful with critics and viewers as the source material. Paramount’s remake, however, will be the first time the manga has been made into a live-action movie, in addition to being the first time a Western studio produced material based on said manga. Helming the film is Rupert Sanders, who is most known for his work on 2012’s Snow White and The Huntsman. The movie’s script was adapted by Jonathan Herman, who penned the script for last year’s Straight Outta Compton.

Pitt will be playing the role of The Laughing Man, known to Ghost in the Shell fans as the villainous cyber-terrorist who relentlessly torments the series’ Public Security Section 9. The character is described as highly elusive and obsessed with the J.D. Salinger novel The Catcher in the Rye:

The Laughing Man, who made his debut on the series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, is an expert hacker famous for using his expert skills to remove his face from all digital images, including peoples’ cybernetic eyes. Instead, he replaces his visage with his animated logo (pictured above) and circling text that reads, “I thought what I’d do was, I’d pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes,” quoting J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.

Joining Pitt is Scarlett Johansson, with the Avengers actress set to headline the film.

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Reggie Peralta

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