Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell has been plagued by a “whitewashing” controversy ever since it was first announced that Scarlett Johansson would star as The Major, a debate that rages on even after last week’s release of the film’s initial theatrical trailer. For fans concerned about the faithfulness of Sanders’ live-action version, however, a new comparison video points to the striking similarities between the new movie and its classic 1995 animé source material.
As evidenced by the clip above (via Collider), which uses footage from both Ghost in the Shell’s trailer and a “Shelling Sequencing Clip” that recently debuted on IGN, Sanders clearly has taken great pains to re-create the imagery and aesthetics of Mamoru Oshii’s animated classic (which itself was based on Masamune Shirow’s acclaimed manga). Whether that translates into a great stand-alone work, or merely makes the forthcoming sci-fi movie a case study in expert mimicry, is for now an unanswerable question. Nonetheless, it’s clear that Johansson’s turn as The Major, a cyborg cop tasked with investigating a rash of cyber-terrorism attacks, will be hewing very closely to its roots.
To judge how well Sanders has stayed true to Ghost in the Shell, check out the video above, then watch the full trailer below. The film, co-starring Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, and Michael Pitt, uploads to theaters on March 31, 2017.
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