May 26, 2016


'Ghost in the Shell' Casts Rila Fukushima, But Scarlett Johansson Still Stars

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The forthcoming live-action adaptation of anime favorite Ghost in the Shell has garnered no small amount of criticism. The film's casting, which includes Scarlett Johannson's starring role as Major Motoko Kusanagi has spurred accusations of whitewashing from basically anyone familiar with the anime franchise. 

But the casting trajectory—which so far includes a predominantly white cast—seems to be taking small steps to include more asian actors. Via The Hollywood Reporter, we learn that Rila Fukushima will appear in the film, but that she won't replace Johannson, who remains firmly in her place as the female lead.  

Fukushima, a Tokyo-native, is best known in the states for playing the ninja Yukio in Wolverine in 2013. There is no word on which roll she'll helm in Ghost in the Shell, although she'll be the second Japanese actor to join the cast after Takeshi Kitano, who plays Major's boss, Vulture notes. 

The film is directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and The Huntsman) and will hit theaters on March 31, 2017.