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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Finds Its Laughing Man In Pitt

Paramount and DreamWorks Pictures’ live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is currently in the final stages of pre-production down in New Zealand and will soon begin filming.  Now that things are getting down to the wire, the film has finally cast its villain, The Laughing Man.  None other than Michael Pitt will be playing the half-robot baddie!

According to THR, the film’s take on the character “is a bitter and vengeful man with a body that is part robot. He has a unique sense of style and has been described as a bad guy filtered through the lens of a street artist.”  According to a friend better versed in the property, it sounds like they are combining The Laughing Man and The Puppet Master into one character.  Sounds interesting enough, but the casting of Pitt certainly livens it up even more.  The actor is probably best known as Mason Verger on the second season of “Hannibal” and as Jimmy Darmody on “Boardwalk Empire“.  He has also in such films as Funny Games and Seven Psychopaths.

The film stars Scarlett Johansson as a cyborg soldier tasked by her special-ops unit to seek out dangerous criminals.  Pilou Asbaek (Lucy) will play her partner, Batou.  Sam Riley (Maleficent) was being sought for a part awhile back as well, but nothing has been confirmed on that front yet.  Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is helming the project, whose latest script was tackled by Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Comption).  The project, previously set up at Disney (who is still co-financing it), recently moved to Paramount.

Ghost in the Shell is slated to hit theaters nationwide on March 31st, 2017.

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