Scarlett Johansson may be starring in the Ghost in the Shell film after Warner Bros. offered the actress $10 million for the lead role.
The movie is a cyberpunk manga by Masamune Shirow. The “Ghost in the Shell” tells about life in a possible future, where humans possess cyber-brains, due to the high advancement of technology. This is not the first time the manga is adapted into a movie but it will mark the first time for it to be adapted into an American live-action film.
Previously it was reported by Deadline that Dreamworks offered the role to “The Wolf of Wall Street” actress Margot Robbie. When the offer fell through, all eyes turned towards Scarlett Johansson. Robbie is currently reported to be in talks for Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad”.
Scarlett Johansson is gaining support for Ghost in the Shell by the same Marvel fans who campaigned for a Black Widow spinoff. There’s also talk of her starring in a “Lucy” sequel. But now Warner Bros. is offering her the lead role in a cult classic anime movie.
The manga has already spawned several animated films, a TV series, and three video games. In 2009 Steven Spielberg bought the rights with the intention to make a 3D reboot. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) has reportedly signed on to direct for Dreamworks. The recent addition of Sanders and Johansson has been the biggest indicator since then that an English version may actually ever come to fruition.
Scarlett Johansson is keeping busy and the Ghost in the Shell project is just another film on her schedule. She can also be seen on the silver screen next in 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”.