That is because the main role of a cybernetic police officer in future Tokyo, Major Motoko Kusanagi is being whitewashed and offered to none other than ScarJo.
|See the resemblance?|
Based on the 1995 film of the same name (as well as the Manga comic), GHOST IN THE SHELL is the latest anime adaptation in the Hollywood pipeline, with huge bomb Snow White and The Huntsman's Rupert Sanders directing.
Recently, it was reported that The Wolf of Wallstreet's Margot Robbie was up for the lead role of Kusanagi, the awesome and brooding (and japanese, which I guess they don't care about) heroine of the series, but apparently aggressive negotiations to get her into David Ayer's just-announced Suicide Squad may have derailed her involvement and now the word is that a $10 million offer has been made to Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson, to take the part.
Johansson has has clearly established herself as the new leading action heroine with her previous starring roles, and something like this could help establish her as a leading action star. That is, if they don't fuck it up. Much of the appeal to fans of the original Ghost film lies in the complex themes of humanity and where humans stand in the face of advancements in technology that blur the lines between what is alive and what is sentient.
So far there is no word on her decision, but the deal is sure to move along quickly. Until then, Johansson will next be seen again as Natasha Romanov/Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015.
In the meantime see what you could be in store for:
Could be something...