The live-action Ghost in the Shell movie is a little more than a month away, so it’s about time we saw more of what it’s about it. Here, we meet with the film’s villain, who lets on that the Major (Scarlett Johansson) has a history that her bosses at Section 9 have been hiding from her.
The new trailer gives us the clearest sense of what the film will look and feel like as a whole, and it certainly captures the cyberpunk aesthetic series creator Mamoru Oshii established in the original film. It’s beautiful. Now the question is if it can rise above the whitewashing criticism. In a recent interview with Marie Claire, Johansson addressed the concerns surrounding her lead role in the film, saying, “Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive.”
Ghost in the Shell hits theaters on March 31st.
Update 11:30am ET: The original version of this article stated that Mamoru Oshii established the aesthetic in the original manga. That was incorrect. Oshii directed the 1995 film. Masamune Shirow wrote and illustrated the manga.