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Following the world premiere of the first official trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the seminal anime/manga of the same name, die-hard fans and newcomers alike are probably poring over all of the assembled footage from Ghost in the Shell. Directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and starring Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: Civil War), the new movie – a loose live-action remake of Japanese animator Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell (1995) – has been the center of intense debate and speculation for some time now.
Despite the fact that many fans have decried the fact that the lead role went to a white actress, Sanders has openly defended casting Johansson in the lead role of Major (Kusanagi), based on her previous body of work. The first two minutes of Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell tastefully recreate the opening sequence from Oshii’s 1995 film, and manga creator Masamune Shirow has been on set to provide creative guidance and praised the work that has already been done on the live-action Ghost in the Shell. The latest update on the project reveals that another notable talent is working behind the scenes on the movie.
As revealed at the Ghost in the Shell trailer premiere event this past weekend in Tokyo, composer Clint Mansell will be lending his talents to writing the original score for Sander’s Ghost in the Shell. Mansell is an English musician, composer, and former lead singer of the band Pop Will Eat Itself. He is most well known for his work on Darren Aronofsky’s films, most notably including Pi and Requiem for a Dream. More recently, Mansell provided the original score for this past summer’s indie hit High-Rise.