Scarlet Johansson Signs on to Dreamworks' 'Ghost in the Shell' Film

"Avengers" star Scarlett Johansson has officially signed on to play Motoko Kusanagi in Dreamworks' upcoming adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.

"Ghost in the Shell" is the story of Motoko Kusanagi, an android with superhuman abilities. She shed her organic body in favor of a bionic one before the start of the series.

Her nemesis in the series is the enigmatic hacker known as The Puppet Master.

According to, Margot Robbie was originally being sought after to play the acrobatic police officer. But previous commitments forced Dreamworks to look elsewhere.

Johansson made herself widely known as an action star when she burst on the scene as Black Widow in Iron Man 2. There is one scene near the film's climax where she dispatches several opponents.

In addition, she played a large role in The Avengers as the same character.

The film still has yet to be greenlit, but a star like Johansson will greatly increase its chances, according to Variety.

There have been several live-action adaptations to popular anime in recent years. Some have been better received than others.

Dragon Ball Evolution remains one of the most infamous adaptations to date, while the Rurouni Kenshin film trilogy has received generally positive feedback for its ability to capture the spirit of the series.

In addition, there is an Attack on Titan live action film currently in production.

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