So in the recent past, there has been a slew of discussion after the reveal of Scarlet Johansen as Kusanagi in the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live action adaptation. I was on the half of the argument that was in an uproar.
Although to my discredit, I was only familiar with Ghost in the Shell on a small scale and was only familiar with Johansen from Avengers.
So over the past week I have been marathoning both a small handful of Johansen roles in library movies and a freshly received amazon order of the complete Stand Alone Complex. (Personal side note, I avoided SAC for the longest time due to being Jarred by the opening.)
And after watching SAC for the first time, I was extremely fascinated. I was expecting an existential cyber odyssey but instead got a series of very human and relatable stories in a rich, developed, not so farfetched future. The show is intelligent, and proposes questions from the points of view of seasoned combat veterans, individuals getting mangled and swept away in the chaos of an ever changing world or even basic curious minds like the Tatchikomas. And even answers them the best they can. Speaking of which, Tatchikomas are a great way to tell us that the show isn't taking itself terribly seriously and is willing to have fun in short instances.
And after watching Scarlet roles, I can say from the bottom of my heart that I'm not looking forward to this. I personally just find Scarlet to be a boring actor. Don't believe me? She does a great job of being a walking monotonous pile of information in Lucy before she turns into a flash drive. And she just wears a perpetual blank stare with only slight variations in her roles even as small as her roles in Chef. Also her hair looks like basic cosplay. Hell, Keanu Reeves does a better job of being expressive and monotonous at the same time. We could easily squeeze him into a tasteful violet one piece and thigh high boots.
All ethnicity aside, They could easily solve this problem by changing the character to one of western origin and call it a day. But Kusanagi is practically synonymous with the series and shouldn't be done without her.
And if anyone comes to me saying that pretty much everyone in anime looks white, I would concede to that IF we were talking about most other anime. GITS has displayed a number of diverse characters and cultures and cements there are big differences visually between characters of different nationalities. Therefore I call that argument bullsh*t.
So in the end, this is all merely my opinion. And in the end, I am also going to see the movie before I can properly judge this, just as I did with DBE, Avatar TLA, Rurouni Kenshin (UGNGH!) and so on and so forth.
P.S. No longer bothered by the opening credits, I feel the song is beautiful and cascading like a mantra.
P.S.S. I realize the Japanese audiences don't really care as well.