The first full trailer for Ghost in the Shell is coming on November 13, 2016, Paramount announced Monday morning. The announcement came via a short 13 second video that shows Scarlett Johansson in action as the lead character, in the film known simply as "The Major" and in the anime known as Major Kusanagi.
Using the technology imbued in her cyborg parts, Major gives a thug a sharp uppercut - while completely invisible. She starts to emerge from her invisibility and walks toward the camera, and the date is revealed.
The date is accompanied by "Tokyo," as the trailer will debut there at a special event. ComicBook.com will be there, along with director Ruper Sanders and stars Scarlett Johansson and Takeshi Kitano (Chief Daisuke Aramaki), so expect a lot more news on the Ghost in the Shell live-action film next weekend.
It was revealed last week that the story of the film will surprisingly be taken from the anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and not from the original animated film. So far, the only official synopsis of the film we have follows:
"Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, Ghost in the Shell follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology."
Rather than an origin story, or even the original "Puppet Master" story of the first film, they'll be tackling the Kuze story from the series. Hideo Kuze is part of the "Individual Eleven" terrorist group, fighting against Japan taking in refugees and foreigners, reaching straight into modern-day political issues.
"I find that part of the reason we didn’t do Puppetmaster in this movie was we didn’t really feel like we had time to tell that story, and in your first movie the way the characters feel about themselves and the relationship with those people that they care about is usually more than enough story for a movie to handle," producer Avi Arad said of hte decision. "So there are villains and they do drive a lot of the story, but they are really there to antagonize [The Major] spiritually."
Ghost in the Shell is due in theaters March 31, 2017.