Scarlett Johansson sprays bullets and uncovers buried secrets in the thrilling second trailer for Ghost in the Shell, the Hollywood remake of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 film and Masamune Shirow’s original manga.
The clip opens with Johannson’s character, Major, and an armed crew breaking into a shadowy room where the form of a man’s body dissolves like quicksand. “I saw someone down there,” Major said. “He wasn’t human.”
Major only remembers “fragments” of her past, including her near-death during an “attack” and subsequent reconstruction by elite task force Section 9 into a half-human/half-cyborg. Later in the trailer, she’s held captive by an ominous figure, who offers a darker viewpoint: “They did not save your life,” he intones. “They stole it.”
Like the previous trailer from November, this latest clip showcases Rupert Sanders’ visual finesse at replicating the anime’s cyberpunk atmosphere. A recent plot synopsis explained the danger ahead for Section 9, which is “faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.”
Mamoru Oshii, who directed the original 1995 animated film, praised the new version, which comes out March 31st.