New Ghost In The Shell Footage Shows Off The Film’s Incredible Futuristic Visuals

One of the most highly anticipated movies of next year is the live-action film based on the Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell. A great deal has been made about how the film looks, specifically in regards to the cast members, but now a new featurette reveals a little bit more about how the movie will look overall. It certainly looks like they've gotten a lot about the film's cosmetics right. Check it out.

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Ghost in the Shell is one of the most popular anime films of all time. It's unique look is certainly one of the reasons that it has appealed to audiences all over the world, not simply in Japan. The clip, which focuses on Mamoru Oshii, the director of the original anime, checking out the set, also shows off some of the visuals that we'll be seeing when the movie hits screens early next year.

While a bit of what we're seeing is done in front of green screens that are still green, so we have no idea what it will actually look like in the final film, we do see Scarlett Johansson as The Major moving through city streets that look both futuristic, yet run down and dirty. It's very much the same look that the original anime had. The Asian influence is certainly there as well, in the form some inspired robotic characters.

Ghost in the Shell has been the target of criticism ever since it was announced that Scarlett Johansson would be playing the lead role of The Major. The film, like the anime that it is based on, takes place in Japan and all of the characters were originally Japanese. Casting a white actress to take the lead role was a problem for many. Regardless, the film moved forward and it certainly seems that, lead role notwithstanding, the movie is going to try to present a very faithful adaptation of the anime, at least from a visual standpoint. It feels like animation has come to life. The original director seems to like it. Although, James Cameron said nice things about Terminator: Genisys once too. We know how well that turned out.

What do you think of this look at Ghost in the Shell? Is it everything you were hoping it would be? Let us know in the comments below. Ghost in the Shell will hit theaters March 31, 2017.

Dirk Libbey
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