Director Rupert Sanders made his feature debut with 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, an action-adventure that twisted the fairy tale into a dark thriller. Still, it was difficult to envision what he might add to Ghost in the Shell, a live-action adaptation of a Japanese manga series first published in 1989.
Here’s a newly released Super Bowl spot that will air during this year’s game.
Scarlett Johansson’s startling appearance in a thermoptic suit immediately catches the eye. In the original 1995 animated movie, the suit makes the character appear to be naked, though in reality she’s invisible. The new movie will make it apparent that the character is wearing a skin-toned suit.
Beyond that, however, the TV spot also pays homage to the animated version. Note, for example, that the Major’s leap from a tall building is similar to the Japanese version. Also, a fight sequence in a flooded residential area is quite similar to a scene in the original.
Right now, it looks like the new movie will follow the animated version’s storyline, as the Major hunts for a dangerous hacker and has strange adventures. We spotted Juliette Binoche (as Dr. Ouelet), Takeshi Kitano (Daisuke Aramaki) and Pilou Asbaek (as Batou) in the trailer. Michael Pitt also stars as the villainous Laughing Man.
Ghost in the Shell will open in theaters on March 31, 2017.