GHOST IN THE SHELL'S Anime Director Actually Liked Scarlett Johansson As Major
Long after the period of time where his opinion would actually hold weight for Ghost In The Shell's success, the Japanese director who did the anime feature in 1995 is saying he agreed with Scarlett Johansson's casting. The topic came up during a roundtable discussion on the series that featured some of the major influencers in the franchise's history, and when asked about the casting Mamoru Oshii said the following (via CBM):
"I first heard about doing a live-action version almost ten years ago. It’s been a long road since then, but to be honest, it seemed like someone would do it eventually, and I admit I was concerned about who would play Motoko. I think Scarlett Johansson is about the best person they could have cast for the part, and I’m happy to be able to say that I have no objection to that choice,”
Well, it's good to know he has no objection because there's nothing he can do about it now. That said, I think Scarlett Johansson's casting was the least of this film's troubles overall as the plot was very difficult to follow without having some background on the source material. Were you a fan of the movie?