The highly controversial casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role of Ghost in the Shell has been the film’s single most defining feature to date, but that was before the release of this, the first teaser trailer for the new film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92TmH83FBOI

Ghost in the Shell is an upcoming American film based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Chin Han, Lasarus Ratuere and Juliette Binoche. Johansson plays the central character Motoko Kusanagi. She’s a one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid. Her task force Section 9 comprise a cyber police force, and they’re set against a new enemy who will stop at nothing to sabotage Hanka Robotic’s Artificial Intelligence technology.

In this universe, computer technology has advanced to the point that human-cybernetic mind interfaces are common. The level of cyberization varies from simple minimal interfaces to almost complete replacement of the brain with cybernetic parts, in cases of severe trauma. Combining this with a full body prosthetic allows a person to become a cyborg, like Major Motoko. In her case, she had such a severe accident as a child that she requires such a full body prosthesis to house her cybernetic brain.

Where is the line that separates human from machine at this point?  This is the argument that renders complaint of the casting decision for Major Motoko moot. She could be cast as any race, because the body she uses isn’t organic at all! What do you think?

Ghost in the Shell is a co-production of Dreamworks SKG and Paramount Pictures, and will hit theaters on March 31, 2017.

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