Watch Scarlett Johansson in first ‘Ghost In The Shell’ teaser

Live-action remake has been plagued by accusations of whitewashing since Johansson was cast as its lead.

Paramount Pictures have shared the first teaser for the live-action remake of Ghost In The Shell.

The clip includes a brief glimpse of Scarlett Johansson in action in the film. The Avengers actress was cast as the remake’s lead, somewhat controversially, last year.

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, now hailed as a Japanese icon.

Johansson was cast as a character called “The Major” last year, prompting accusations of whitewashing. The controversy was reawakened earlier this year when the first picture of Johansson in the film was released.

Paramount Pictures has even been forced to deny reports that it commissioned visual tests that could potentially make Johansson appear more Asian in post-production. A rep told Screen Crush in Aprdil: “A test was done related to a specific scene for a background actor which was ultimately discarded. Absolutely no visual effects tests were conducted on Scarlett’s character and we have no future plans to do so.”

Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is directing the remake. Paramount Pictures has set a release date of March 31, 2017.