Seems Dreamworks almost employed all forms of CGI witchery in the process of bringing the live-action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell to life.
Scarlett Johansson was cast as the
Japanese character Major Motoko Kusanagi from the infamous cyberpunk manga / anime and while twitter went on a rampage about film representation (a hashtag that caught our eye was #ShellSoWhite), it looks like the problem goes even deeper than the casting…
According to Screencrush exclusive, “multiple independent sources close to the project” said Paramount and Dreamworks commissioned special effects company Lola VFX to essentially subtly race-lift Johansson post-production to look more “ethnically appropriate.” Simply put, to make the actor look more Japanese. That just seems like a lot of hoop-jumping as opposed to just hiring a Japanese actress.
Paramount admitted to tests being carried out on random background artists, but it was scrapped and never used on ScarJo. But obviously they had her in mind.
Ghost in the Shell is being directed by Rupert Sanders, from a script by Jonathan Herman. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing.