Rila Fukushima Joins the Cast of ‘Ghost in the Shell’



According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wolverine star Rila Fukushima is joining the cast of Ghost in the Shell. This is a tactful move after the casting backlash of Scarlett Johansson. You can read the full scoop below.

Based on the popular manga of the same name, the movie follows Kusanagi, a cyborg that is a part of an elite cybercrime-fighting task force known as Section 9.

Snow White and the Huntsman helmer Rupert Sanders will direct the feature from a script written by Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss.

Ghost in the Shell, which will be distributed by Paramount, was widely accused of whitewashing after Johansson and other white actors were cast as the traditionally Japanese characters.

The Tokyo-born Fukushima joins a cast that also includes Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche and Takeshi Kitano.

To American audiences, Fukushima is known for playing the female ninja Yukio in 2013’s Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman. Keeping in the superhero vein, she also took on the role of Katana on The CW’s Arrow.