After making quite the impression in Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street — and shooting the post-apocalyptic thriller Z for Zachariah and Focus opposite Will Smith — Margot Robbie is in early talks to star in DreamWorks’ adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.
Empire Magazine theorizes that she’d play a “character based on Mokoto Kusanagi,” the protagonist of both the 1995 anime classic and the manga upon which its based. Major Kusanagi is a ranking member of a special-operations task force whose mandate is to investigate and prosecute cyber-criminals. She is also tricked out with enough cybernetic enhancements to make her question just how much human needs to be in a body to still qualify as human.
It’s a little too early to tell how closely this adaptation — which will be produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) — will hew to the Japanese source material. But the track record of Hollywood translating anime has not been good, from the aborted Americanization of Akira by the Hughes Brothers to the Wachowskis’ maligned Speed Racer. (And the less anyone says about M. Night Shyamalan’s take on Avatar: The Last Airbender, the better.)
Will this be the one to break the curse? Or, really, is anime something better left animated?
(Via The Wrap)
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