(Image: Paramount Pictures)

They teased us last week, but the first full trailer for upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Ghost in the Shell was finally released yesterday (November 13).

Scarlett Johansson plays The Major, the half-human, half-cyborg leader of an elite task force dubbed Section 9 on the trail of an enemy threatening to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

And while live-action remakes of classic cartoons are all the rage these days, it’s fair to say that this one has attracted controversy. Originally a series of manga comics and anime films, Ghost in the Shell is legendary among its vast following, many of whom were not happy to see their hero played by a white actor.

Producers of the Hollywood version are keen to set the record straight, however. In a featurette released last week, Mamoru Oshii, the director of the 1995 animated version, gave his seal of approval to the new movie.

Manga fans can also take comfort that the special effects and futuristic cityscapes have been faithfully translated to the big screen by director Rupert Sanders. And if the stunning Bladerunner-style visuals weren’t enough, then how about the trailer’s Depeche Mode soundtrack?

On top of all that, ScarJo even delivers a personal intro:

Also starring are Takeshi Kitano (Outrage), Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt (Hannibal), and, for the eagle-eyed among you, yep, that was indeed British trip-hop star Tricky.

Ghost in the Shell opens in theaters March 31, 2017.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.