Ghost in the Shell casts a Japanese icon in a key role

Casting on Scarlett Johansson’s Ghost in the Shell live-action movie is going roundly and an iconic Japanese actor has just been cast in a key role.

Takeshi “Beat” Kitano (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) has joined the cast of Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks’ upcoming Ghost in the Shell movie. Kitano is generally regarded as one of Japan’s top directors and one of its best-known actors and comedians.

The big-screen adaptation of the popular cyberpunk Japanese manga and anime series created by Masamune Shirow will be helmed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and stars Johansson as female Special Ops cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi, Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) as her second-in-command Batou and Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) as the movie’s villain, Laughing Man.

In his first U.S. movie role since he appeared in Johnny Mnemonic alongside Keanu Reeves back in 1995 (twenty-one years, dude! That’s a long time), Kitano has been tapped to play Daisuke Aramaki, the founder and chief of Public Security Section 9 (simply Section 9 for short), an elite task force set on stopping dangerous criminals and extremists.

Are you excited about the casting of Takeshi Kitano in Ghost in the Shell?


(via Deadline)

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