When it was announced that Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson had been cast in the lead role for the big screen adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, there was quite a lot of backlash from people who felt that an Asian actress should have been cast in the lead role. Fortunately though, Scarlett has finally received some support, albeit from the movies producer Steve Paul.
He explained, "There [are] all sorts of people and nationalities in the world in Ghost in the Shell. We're utilising people from all over the world. ... There's Japanese in it. There's Chinese in it. There's English in it. There's Americans in it. I don't think it was just a Japanese story. 'Ghost in the Shell' was a very international story, and it wasn't just focused on Japanese; it was supposed to be an entire world."
He added, "That's why I say the international approach is, I think, the right approach to it. I think everybody is going to end up being really happy with it. They're going to be very, very happy with it when they see what we've actually done with it, and I don't think anybody's going to be disappointed."
To be fair, the Ghost in the Shell movie does have a rather interesting cast, which features such names as Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Juliette Binoche, Rila Fukushima, Michael Wincott, Chin Han, and Takeshi Kitano. Ghost in the Shell is directed by Rupert Sanders and is set to hit the big screen on March 31, 2017 in both the US and the UK.