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GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017): Rila Fukushima Joins Manga Adaptation

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Rila Fukushima added to the cast of Ghost in the Shell. The Wolverine and Arrow actress will play a role in the upcoming adaptation of the iconic manga series from Dreamworks.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Ghost in the Shell tells the story of Kusanagi, a crime-fighting cyborg employed by the elite security organization Section 9. The manga, which was made into an anime film in the 1990’s, has earned a devoted following since it’s publication, a following that will likely grow after Dreamworks’ live-action adaptation debuts in theaters next year.

It is unknown what character Fukushima will play in the movie, but it is known who she will be joining on the set of the film. In addition to Johansson, Fukushima will act opposite Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, and Beat Takeshi, all of whom have been confirmed to be involved with Ghost in the Shell:

Ghost in the Shell, which will be distributed by Paramount, was widely accused of whitewashing after Johansson and other white actors were cast as the traditionally Japanese characters.

The Tokyo-born Fukushima joins a cast that also includes Michael Pitt and Juliette Binoche.

To American audiences, Fukushima is known for playing the female ninja Yukio in 2013’s Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman. Keeping in the superhero vein, she also took on the role of Katana on The CW’s Arrow.

The actress is repped by ICM, Seven Summits and Sloane Offer.

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