Scarlett Johansson confirmed for lead role in US remake of Ghost In The Shell
Lucy and frequent Marvel star Scarlett Johansson is to take the lead role in the Hollywood remake of Ghost In The Shell, according to reports today (January 6th).
It had been rumoured back in October that Johansson was in talks for the role, with reports of a $10 million dollar pay cheque in the offing. Now, according to Variety, she has been confirmed, though there's no mention of how much she'll be getting.
The remake of Ghost In The Shell is to be directed by Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders with a script from Bill Wheeler.
Ghost In The Shell, which was written and illustrated by author Masamune Shirow, tells the story of a member of a covert operations unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, a team that specializes in fighting cyber-crime.
The comic has previously been adapted by director Mamoru Oshii in 1995 for an anime film, which spawned a sequel in 2004 named Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence.
Johansson's box office value is at an all time high after the success of Lucy, which took over $400 million at the box office against a budget of just $40 million. She will next be seen in next year's blockbuster Avengers: Age Of Ultron.