Acclaimed Japanese actor, Beat Takeshi Kitano has joined the cast of the upcoming Ghost in the Shell adaptation. Kitano joins Scarlett Johansson and director, Rupert Sanders in the live-action version of the popular anime series.
Kitano will play Daisuke Aramaki, the founder and leader of the elite unit Section 9 tasked with protecting the world from the most dangerous technological threats.
“This film tells the story of mankind in the near future in a unique setting. My role Aramaki is a unique and attractive character. The story revolves around the human relationships of the characters,” said Kitano. “This film will be stylish and entertaining, which is completely different from the type of movies I direct myself. This excited me and was the reason I decided to participate in this film.”
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property,Ghost in the Shell follows a female special ops cyborg who leads an elite task force called Section 9. Section 9 is devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
Paramount Pictures expect the film to release in March 2017.