News Briefs: Takeshi Kitano to Star with Scarlett Johansson in 'Ghost in the Shell'

Ghost in the Shell: Takeshi Kitano (above in Beyond Outrage), a veteran actor and filmmaker, will join Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is set to direct the live-action movie, based on a Japanese manga about a counter-cyberterrorist organization. Kitano is a prolific and popular presence in Japan on television and in films; his last appearance in a Hollywood production came in 1995’s Johnny Mnemonic. [Cinema Today via TwitchFilm]…

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