For movie fans, there are few things that have become more endlessly enjoyable than trailers. As short films designed to get us excited about the release of an upcoming project, they have become works of art in their own right over the years. Of course, the best trailers are the ones that can convert people who may not be excited about a movie, and that is precisely what the first preview for Ghost in the Shell did back in November. Audiences have been wondering when they will get their next good look at the upcoming anime adaptation, and it now seems that the second full trailer for Ghost in the Shell will debut later this week when Xander Cage and the xXx franchise finally return to theaters.
A new report from Trailer Track seemingly confirms that the next major trailer for Ghost in the Shell is going to serve as the lead-in for screenings of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. As the upcoming xXx sequel is slated to debut in theaters on Friday, this means that we can likely expect to see the Ghost in the Shell trailer premiere within that time frame. This definitely makes plenty of sense and ties into how most studios already operate. For example, by now you have probably noticed that Marvel movies tend to be preceded by trailers for other Marvel movies. That is definitely by design. xXx 3 and Ghost in the Shell are two of Paramount's biggest releases within the next few months, and as such they are clearly going to use the former to promote and hype the release of the latter.
Ghost in the Shell has become a movie that actually needs to show more footage in order to win over audiences. As an adaptation of a classic Japanese anime, the source material is already a somewhat hard sell for mainstream American audiences. Beyond that, the film has been marred by controversy ever since Scarlett Johansson signed on to the project as Motoko Kusanagi. The first trailer for the upcoming sci-fi action thriller did quite a bit of work in order to win over some of the naysayers, and the release of more footage will likely help convince die-hard fans of the source material that the project is currently in good hands under the guidance of director Rupert Sanders.
Make sure to stay tuned for more of the latest and greatest details related to Ghost in the Shell. The highly anticipated anime adaptation will debut in theaters later this year on March 31.
In the meantime, watch the first official trailer for Ghost in the Shell again on the next page for an even closer look at the upcoming live-action adaptation of the classic anime!