Johansson’s name was put into consideration following her starring turn in the Luc Besson surprise hit, “Lucy” and her repeat role as Natasha Romanov/Black Widow in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” due in 2015.
Initially, Margot Robbie was to star in the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi, but instead the actress actively pursued a role in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad.”
“Ghost in the Shell” will be produced by DreamWorks and will be based on the 1995 film and Magna comic.
The premise of the story is set in the mid-21st century in the fictional Japanese city of Niihama. It follows the members of Public Security Section 9, a special-operations task-force made up of former military officers and police detectives. Corrupt officials, companies and cyber-criminals in each scenario require the diverse skills of Section 9’s staff to prevent a series of incidents from escalating.
Johansson has reinvented herself as an action heroine for a new age. She can play both sides of the coin, beautiful and badass and her legion of action film fans will surely follow her to this longstanding franchise.
The actress has not formally signed on the dotted line as of yet but with the salary being offered to her, it will only be a matter of time.