CATEGORIES Action, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Casting, Fandom, Scripts, Dreamworks, Steven Spielberg, CinematicalThere has been talk of a live action Ghost in The Shell for some time now, and while I knew that a US remake was probably inevitable, there was still a small part of me that thought that maybe this time, we would be spared another inferior North American 're-imagining' of a pretty spectacular anime. But I guess I'm not that lucky, because Variety is now reporting that Dreamworks has just hired Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) to adapt the manga for a live action 3D film, bring the film that much closer to reality.
Street Kings writer, Jamie Moss, had originally been hired to write the story of "...the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime." But I guess Dreamworks wasn't thrilled with the final result, because now Moss is out and Kalogridis is in.
Details about the film are still pretty scarce, and there are plenty of things to decide on, but maybe the most important detail will be casting. The story of GITS is a strange and complicated one, but it all hinges on The Major. It will be crucial to find the right actress for the role if this film has a hope in hell of succeeding -- so I thought I would have a little fun and make a few suggestions to who I think could rock the Thermoptic Camouflage.
After the jump; Five ladies I think could be Major Motoko Kusanagi...
It would be awfully nice for once if Hollywood actually hired a Japanese woman to play a Japanese woman. So that's why I nominate Ms. Gogo Yubari, Chiaki Kuriyama. Sure, she might be a little 'softer' than I imagined the Major to be, but Kill Bill proved that she can handle herself when it comes to a little hand to hand combat.
Maybe it's the haircut, but I think if you are going to "anglicize" the role of the Major, you could do a lot worse than Ms. Theron. She's got that stone cold glare, and Aeon Flux showed us that she's pretty flexible in skin tight combat ensembles.
The Hawaiian actress already has a few action credits on her resume, and you can't deny she's a looker. So I say why not take her from the background and see what she can do with a starring role?
Personally I love the idea of Headey taking the role of the Major, and just like Ms. Theron, she has that hard edge that would work perfectly for the battle scarred bad-ass. Plus, if you want to earn a little extra geek cred, Headey's Sarah Connor connection might even bring a few more butts into the seats.
I may not always be Ms. Jovovich's biggest fan (and amongst my social set that puts me in the minority), but I do respect her. Jovovich is a natural gunslinger, and surprisingly pretty believable when it comes to being able to look like she could kick the crap out of you -- and there aren't many former models I can say that about.
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