Rinko Kikuchi To Replace Scarlett Johansson In ‘Ghost In The Shell’?; Release Dates And More Information

Rinko Kikuchi To Replace Scarlett Johansson In ‘Ghost In The Shell’?; Release Dates And More Information
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Scarlett Johansson, who is playing the role of a Black Widow in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” is also confirmed to be playing a role in the live action remake of the famous animation film “Ghost In The Shell.” Meanwhile, movie critics and fans are demanding a Japanese actress to play the lead role in the movie.


The film is based on an acclaimed 20 year old animation movie “Ghost In The Shell” that deals with a cyborg cop who fights crime. But it is not very sure if the remake reflects the original show as it is or has a different plot adapting the renowned version, according to Jewish Business News.

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As soon as news that Johansson will be seen in the lead role is out, movie fans and critics came up with different opinions. They insisted on having a Japanese actress in the movie since the original version portrays a Japanese girl as the lead character. The followers didn’t stop with suggestions requesting Dreamworks to change the cast. They also dropped a word about Rinko Kikuchi as an appropriate replacement.

The petition read as follows: “The original film is set in Japan, and the major cast members are Japanese. So why would the American remake star a white actress? The industry is already unfriendly to Asian actors without roles in major films being changed to exclude them. One recent survey found that in 2013, Asian characters made up only 4.4% of speaking roles in top-grossing Hollywood films.”

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It is to be noted that Johansson confirmed quite some time back that the film is “happening.” The Avengers actress, noted by Collider, that “It will be shooting the beginning of next year.”

“So I think we start production January or February and it’s me and Rupert [Sanders]; and that’s all I know,” added Johansson.

However, the movie is slated to be released on March 21, 2017.

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