Scarlett Johansson has appeared at a special launch event in Tokyo to debut the first trailer for her highly anticipated sci-fi film, Ghost in the Shell.
Based on the popular manga series and anime film, the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie has generated some controversy by casting Johansson, an American actress, in the lead role.
Perhaps that’s why the film’s producers went out of their way to impress Japanese fans with this launch event in Tokyo, featuring stars Johansson and ‘Beat’ Takeshi Kitano and director Rupert Sanders.
Opening with Taiko drummers (including anime film composer Kenji Kawai), the event — held at Tokyo creative space TABLOID — began with a screening of never-before-seen footage from the film. Attendees were then given an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at costumes and props from the film.
The show concluded with Johansson, Kitano and Sanders debuting the film’s global trailer, which went live online shortly afterwards.
Director Mamoru Oshii, who helmed the original Ghost in the Shell anime film, has given Johansson his seal of approval, which should probably be enough for any of the doubters — but if you need more convincing, check out the trailer above.