The First Trailer for Scarlett Johansson's Controversial 'Ghost in the Shell' Movie Is Here

Here's what people are saying.

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The first trailer for Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson, is here. Based on the Japanese manga series of the same name, the movie is highly-stylized and definitely not short on action.

As Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab) reports, Johansson's casting was the source of controversy earlier this year, since her character, The Major, is Japanese in the source material.

At the time, producer Steven Paul defended the casting choice, which many called out as an example of whitewashing, telling BuzzFeed News (opens in new tab), "I think everybody is going to end up being really happy with it. They're going to be very, very happy with it when they see what we've actually done with it, and I don't think anybody's going to be disappointed."

After seeing the first trailer, though, opinions are mixed. While some viewers are expressing cautious optimism or even outright excitement for the movie, many others still take issue with the decision to cast a white actress to play a Japanese character.

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Some people are even drawing connections between the problematic casting in the film and the 2016 election.

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Ghost in the Shell will be released in theaters March 31, 2017.

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Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.