Okay, here we go. Last time we visited this subject, we were covering the likelihood of Margo Robbie taking on the role of Motoko Kusanagi. She’s a counter-terrorism team leader in 21st century Japan, and I spent a small piece of that article questioning the motivation behind Robbie being considered. Gotta admit, this issue hasn’t been the hottest of topics. We first started talking about the movie back in January with the announcement of a hired director. Then came the first casting rumor. Now we have another casting rumor. With this actress’ rising track record for successful action movies, I can’t say it’s a lousy idea. But I still have to wonder where all the Asian actresses are and what version of ‘Ghost In The Shell’ we’re expecting to get.
Deadline reports that ‘Lucy’ and ‘Avengers’ star Scarlett Johansson has been offered the role in the Dreamworks adaptation of ‘Ghost In The Shell.’ It will be written by William Wheeler and is based on the manga series from Masamune Shirow. She might take the part, she might not. It’s entirely possible that I’ll be covering this very topic sometime in December without anything concrete while this thing continues to lag in development. But if they did indeed offer her $10 million smackers, like the article boasts, then I don’t see why she wouldn’t take it. I’d stab you guys to death for that much money.
Hollywood is just flat out weird. In my recent write-up for the female Robin making her appearance in ‘Batman V Superman,’ my research led me to IMDB for casting information. I found that Lex Luthor’s henchwoman Mercy Graves will be played by Japanese actress Tao Okamoto. If memory serves me correctly, Mercy has always been portrayed as a white blonde, but showed up once as Asian in ‘The Batman’ cartoon. So obviously there are Japanese actresses out there who can play this Japanese role, and for cheaper money. But that sort of detail means nothing to Hollywood and, starting there, I have to wonder how committed the producers are to being true to the source material. How much will things get changed around? Will it even be set in Japan? As awesome as ScarJo is, do fans of this series really want a totally Americanized version of the story? Are we looking at ‘The Magnificent Seven’ or ‘The Seven Samurai’ here?
What’s your take on the matter? Might the story be the same, and we’re just seeing an ethnic change to the role? Kind of a Michael Clarke Duncan/Kingpin dealie? Care? Not care? Sound off! I stabbed the last person who didn’t comment below!
Source – Deadline