Scarlett Johansson to star in remake of Japanese anime hit ‘Ghost in the Shell’

Dreamworks' principal partner Steven Spielberg is a big fan of the 1995 Japanese original

Scarlett Johansson has signed up to star in a live-action remake of popular Japanese anime movie Ghost in the Shell, Variety has confirmed.

Ghost in the Shell was created by Masamune Shirow in 1989 as a manga or Japanese comic book, before being made into a cult Japanese anime movie six years later. The story is set midway through the 21st century and follows the exploits of a fictional counter-cyberterrorist organisation called Public Security Section 9, which is led by a character called Major Motoko Kusanagi.

Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in on board to direct the Hollywood remake from a script by Bill Wheeler, who previously penned 2012’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

The film has yet to receive an official green light but is in the works at DreamWorks, whose principal partner Steven Spielberg is said to be a big fan of the Japanese anime original.

Meanwhile, Johansson will next be seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens in cinemas on May 1. She is also providing the voice of Kaa the python in Disney’s new version of The Jungle Book, which is scheduled for release on October 9.