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Ghost in the Shell first look: Turns out Scarlett Johansson is secretly Japanese

Trinaa Prasad | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:51 IST

We've been fooled, you guys.

Paramount Pictures' first look of Ghost in the Shell shows Scarlett Johansson as the protagonist, Major Motoko Kusanagi and the similarity between the anime character and Johansson is so striking, it will blow your mind.

Scarlett, it turns out, has been trolling us all along. 

She's not the privileged white female who has had the advantage of working with some of the best directors in business, we know her to be. The Match Point actress is, in fact, Asian.

Hold on to that jaw. We have more. Some reports go on to suggest that this is another case of white-washing in Hollywood. 

But frankly, can you really see it? Here is a gorgeous woman, in her blue-tinged edgy short hairdo, with the most intense Asian look on her face as she gazes into the Asian future(?). The first still of the film could not have been more Asian even if it tried. 

Some spoilsports on the web however seem to believe that since the original manga-anime series has Japanese characters, this live-action silver-screen adaptation should too. Oh, come on. What utter nonsense? Johansson's soul is probably Asian at some level. Also, let's be practical. It's not like there are actresses of Asian-origin like Rinko Kikuchi, Meiko Kaji, Tao Okamoto, Kiki Sukezane, Rila Fukushima who could have played the role anyway. Right?    

We feel your pain, Paramount. To have worked so hard to reproduce a complex role of a crime-fighting cyborg commander and for it to get panned at just the first look must be difficult to digest. After all, certain reports suggest that the production house even conducted tests to check if visual effects could be used to make the some of the cast look 'more Asian'. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT INTERNET?   


Edited by Blassy Boben

First published: 17 April 2016, 6:11 IST