Scarlett Johansson plays The Major, a half-human, half-cyborg agent.
Ghost in the Shell
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Scarlett Johansson is but a ghost in a robotic shell of her former self. In a new TV spot for Ghost in the Shell, adapted from the popular manga series, we see the awakening of Mira (a.k.a. The Major) in a fresh body, courtesy of Juliette Binoche.

“Do you remember anything about the attack? There was an attack, a terrorist,” Binoche’s Dr. Ouelet asks her science experiment. “Mira, your body was damaged, we couldn’t save it. We made you a new body, but your mind, your soul, your ghost, it’s still in there. You are the first of your kind.”

The Major, played by Johansson, is a part-human, part-cyborg agent for the elite task Section 9, which seeks to stop the world’s most dangerous criminals. She soon must accept the brutal reality that the jarring procedure wasn’t meant to give her new life, but instead to repurpose it.

“They took my life,” The Major says in the spot. “I’ll take my revenge.”

The film has faced controversy for casting Johansson as a character that was originally Japanese in the source material. The actress recently addressed the casting choice, telling Marie Claire she “certainly would never presume to play another race of a person.”

“Diversity is important in Hollywood,” she said, “and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive.”

Directed by Rupert Sanders, Ghost in the Shell also stars Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, and Rila Fukushima. The film opens in theaters on March 31.

Watch the new spot above.

Ghost in the Shell
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