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Watch Scarlett Johansson in First Full ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Trailer

The first full trailer for Ghost in the Shell, starring Amagansett homeowner Scarlett Johansson, was released on Sunday. This hotly anticipated preview gave fans more than two minutes of exciting action from the film, along with a better sense of the main character’s struggle and pathos. The trailer was such an event, Paramount actually put out a teaser for it—a trailer for the trailer, as it were—the week before its release.

Johansson plays “The Major” in the movie, which is adapted from a Japanese manga and anime series. The protagonist’s name in the source material is Major Kusanagi, and some have complained that Ghost in the Shell “whitewashes” the original character for American audiences by using Johansson rather than someone Japanese, as depicted in the comics and anime films.

It appears that the new film, directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), does otherwise stick to the story. The Major is a powerful woman with a cybernetic body, or “shell,” that gives her superhuman powers. She works for the public security firm Section 9 and is on the hunt for a dangerous hacker—but, as we see in the trailer, the bad guys might be closer to home. Was The Major’s life “saved” by those who enhanced her, or did they steal her life in order to get themselves an obedient super soldier?

Ghost in the Shell is produced by East Hampton resident Steven Spielberg‘s Dreamworks, and is due for release by Paramount on March 31, 2017.

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