‘Ghost in the Shell’ has found its male lead.
According to Variety, 33-year-old Pilou Asbæk has landed the coveted role opposite Scarlet Johansson in the upcoming live-action version of classic anime movie, ‘Ghost in the Shell’.
“Pilou Asbæk is set to co-star with Scarlett Johansson in DreamWorks’ ‘Ghost in the Shell’,” they revealed. “Asbæk will play Batou, the best fighter in the section and second in command in the army.”
Of course, ‘Ghost in the Shell’ fans will already be familiar with Batou – the Section 9 member who supports Major Motoko Kusanagi in her pursuit of the elusive Puppet Master.
And it’s the Major herself who Scarlet Johannson is rumoured to be playing.
Based on the critically-acclaimed Manga title, ‘Ghost in the Shell’ follows the special ops cyborg Major Kusanagi, leader of Section 9 – an elite task force devoted to halting dangerous criminals and even more dangerous extremists.
Drawn into a complex web of corruption and conspiracy, Major Kusanagi has only her friends at Section 9 to rely on… and with Pilou Asbæk joining the movie, it looks as though Scarlett Johansson is in good company.
After all, she has worked with him before.
Appearing in the recent sci-fi flick ‘Lucy’, Asbæk played her convincingly-sleezy new boyfriend, Richard… who soon gets her into all kinds of trouble with a drug-smuggling gang.
But will we see a much better dynamic between them in ‘Ghost in the Shell’?
It’s currently unknown whether Johannson will be playing the classic anime character Major Kusanagi, or a character created specifically for this adaptation. Either way, I get the feeling that Asbæk’s Batou is going to be just as important as in the earlier movie.
But for now, we’ll have to wait and see.
‘Ghost in the Shell’ heads to cinemas on 31 March 2017.
Picture Credit: Manga, Universal Pictures