Sam Riley (“Maleficent,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) is in early talks to star in the “Ghost In The Shell” film adaptation at DreamWorks and Paramount.
Based on the bestselling Japanese anime and manga sci-fi franchise, Scarlett Johansson plays a female special ops cyborg who leads a fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization called Public Security Section 9 for Hanka Robotics.
The unit is devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by The Laughing Man (Riley) who will stop at nothing to destroy Hanka’s advancements in cyber technology. Pilou Asbaek also stars.
Rupert Sanders is directing and Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing from a script by Jonathan Herman. Riley is currently filming the film adaptation of Len Deighton’s “SS:GB”.