First Photo: The Live-Action “Ghost In The Shell”

Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have announced the start of production on “Ghost in the Shell,” the upcoming Rupert Sanders-directed film adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s famed manga series of the same name.

The story 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.

Scarlett Johansson stars in the film which is filming in Wellington and will open in the United States on March 31st 2017. Also onboard are Beat Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet, Michael Pitt as Kuze, Pilou Asbaek as Batou, Kaori Momoi, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara and Tuwanda Manyimo.

Avi Arad and Steven Paul will produce the film which released the first official production still with this announcement – check it out below: