Scarlett Johansson's Ghost in the Shell movie has found its villain

Michael Pitt has nabbed the role of the villain opposite star Scarlett Johansson in DreamWorks’ hotly anticipated Ghost in the Shell.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt — who played gangster Jimmy Darmody on Boardwalk Empire — will play the Laughing Man, a character from the manga series the site describes as “a bitter and vengeful man with a body that is part robot. He has a unique sense of style and has been described as a bad guy filtered through the lens of a street artist.”

Rupert Sanders (Snow White and The Huntsman) is set to helm the long-gestating sci-fi film based on Masamune Shirow’s cyberpunk Japanese manga series (and anime), Ghost in the Shell.

The story takes place in a near-future Japan and follows the exploits of Public Security Section 9, a counter-cyberterrorist organization led by Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson), an augmented-cybernetic human (aka a cyborg) as they deal with dangerous criminals. Production on the movie is expected to start in late February in New Zealand.

With a script penned by Jonathan Herman, Ghost in the Shell also stars Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) as Batou, Major Motoko Kusanagi’s second-in-command. The movie is set to open in theaters on March 31, 2017.

(via THR)

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