More news comes from the Dreamworks camp regarding their live-action adaptation of manga / anime franchise Ghost In The Shell. It seems they have cast actor Takeshi “Beat” Kitano to star as Daisuke Aramaki, who is chief of Public Security Section 9 and in charge of Major (played by Scarlett Johansson) and her team.
This makes Kitano actually the first prominent Japanese actor to be cast in the adaptation. Which I guess someone somewhere gets brownie points for that. Albeit for a role that may not be as much in the foreground compared to others.And considering the manga surrounds a counter-cyberterrorist organisation, you know, in neo-Japan, we guess it’s as good as we’re gonna get.
Ghost in the Shell is being directed by Rupert Sanders, from a script by Jonathan Herman. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing.