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Post Reply SCARLETT JOHANSSON AS MAJOR MATOKO KUSANAGI ???
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so what are everyones thoughts on the idea of a western reboot of Ghost in the Shell?

I'm a little dissapointed they didnt cast an asian actress for this role... but i suppose a lot of anime characters dont actually look japanese I always just assume they are ?

I'll give Scarlet a shot. She isnt really one of my favourite actresses and none of her films spring to mind in my head - if I wasnt going to cast an asian actress for the role I probably would have went with someone like Mila Jovovich. But I have a huge lady crush on Mila so would probably cast her in everything if I could hahaha

What are peoples thoughts? Are you excited ?

I'm feeling a bit apprehensive............ remember pacific rim? that was supposed to be a western boot of Neon Genesis Evangelion and that was so so so so bad !


Posted 4/15/16 , edited 5/4/16
Urgh, no... stop, I can't take anymore of this line of thought. . Scarlet.. no..
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Posted 4/15/16 , edited 4/15/16
She's a Name, and she's currently riding the Black Widow or whatever into notoriety. Mila Jovovich at least doesn't sound like a clogged drain when she speaks.
Pacific Rim had nothing to do with Neon Genesis Evangelion. That'd be like saying Almost Famous is a reboot of My Gal Sal.
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thewildlamb wrote:


I'm a little dissapointed they didnt cast an asian actress for this role... but i suppose a lot of anime characters dont actually look japanese I always just assume they are ?




Casting an Asian actress would still generate controversy if said actress was not the "right" Asian (IE Japanese).

Let’s say that the studio decided to cast Michelle Krusiec (I have no idea who she is, I picked her out at random) to replace Scarlett Johansson for the role to appease the people who are outraged. The funny thing with this (theoretical) choice of casting is that Michelle Krusiec is not Japanese, she is from Taiwan. So the role would still be played by a non-Japanese actress and the previously offended would be satisfied because she "looks" Japanese. However, if this theoretical decision was acted upon, you could still generate controversy because the studio cast the "wrong Asian" for the role IE non-Japanese. For example Memoirs of a Geisha was criticised because Sayuri, Hatsumomo were given to Chinese actors and Mameha was filled by a Malaysian.
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You realize, of course, that the Americans in Ghost in the Shell looked way more Asian than the Asians did in the show? Well, now Hollywood is putting that to use, haha. I'd find it hilarious if they bring an Asian in the movie and call them a representative from America, Britain, etc.

I think Johansson will be fantastic in the role. She's already used to playing spies in other movies, so this fits in perfectly with her cast acting.
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I just don't understand the casting decision at all. It would make far more sense, at least, to cast Mila Jovovich instead, but Scarlet? No...are they going to change her name/history too?

Here is an image of her guys, if you wanna see:

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I'm sad to see no giant purple 80s hair.


thewildlamb wrote:

I'm feeling a bit apprehensive............ remember pacific rim? that was supposed to be a western boot of Neon Genesis Evangelion and that was so so so so bad !




So much wrong with that statement.

If you want to pull an actual Hollywood adaptation of a Japanese property that is only loosely based off the original, look at All You Need is Kill/ Edge of Tomorrow. Except the adaptation was pretty good in its own right writing around Tom Cruise playing Tom Cruise.

Hard to say at this point how it will turn out. I think Scarlett Johansson could pull off the Major, but it really depends on the writing. She won't save crap writing.
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Surprised people are bringing up Mila Jovovich. I don't think shes ever actually been particularly good in a movie and I don't think she looks the part. I think Scarlett will do a much better job at the quiet times and the action sequences will be about the same for both.

As for her not being Asian, I don't think it matters at all.

PS: Pacific Rim was a good movie and had nothing to do with NGE. It was inspired by the Sentai genre and did a quite admirable job.
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Mila Jovovich just wouldn't fit the role, this isn't a horrible zombie movie.

I'm glad the west is doing it. Last movie that came out of Japan that was suppose to be about an anime sucked.



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I don't get all the Jovovich love. She was great in 5th Element, but for the most part she's been a pretty mediocre actress. Scarlett is a WAY better actress. I don't have much hope for this movie, but I bet she'll do a great job with the role.
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Posted 4/15/16 , edited 4/16/16
First off, fuck you, Pacific Rim was the shit. Second, this new Ghost in the Shell movie is not going to be good. It's going to be yet another hollywood summer flick riding solely on recognition of brand and stars to sell tickets (and maybe also sites like buzzfeed gawking over the fact that there's a woman starring in an action movie as if it were a new concept) I mean come on guys, not even Japan, where the work originates from, has been able to follow it up successfully with that Arise series. Do you really expect North America to succeed? Remember guys, we made Dragonball: Evolution and that live-action Gundam film. You don't want to trust us with anime properties.
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Posted 4/15/16 , edited 4/15/16
I think Johannsson is a great choice for the role, but let's face the fact that it's probably going to suck really bad anyway
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