Hollywood’s Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation has been rolling along at a steady pace and now they’ve unveiled that Danish actor Pilou Asbæk will be taking the role of Batou in the film.
Asbæk will be joining Scarlett Johansson, who will portraying Makoto. He has previously worked alongside Johansson in Lucy and is set to act in the upcoming Ben-Hur remake as Pontius Pilate. This is on top of joining the cast of Game of Thrones for their sixth season.
The film is currently being developed by Dreamworks and Paramount, and this is the movie as described:
Ghost in the Shell follows a female special ops cyborg who leads an elite task force called Section 9 for Hanka Robotics. Section 9 is devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by The Laughing Man whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka’s advancements in cyber technology.
Ruper Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will be directing the film, while Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) is reworking the scripts originally produced by William Wheeler (Hoax, The Reluctant Fundamentalist) and Jamie Moss (Street Kings).
The film is expected to open 31 March 2017, with filming to begin next year in January.