A new report confirms that Boardwalk Empire and Hannibal actor Michael Pitt has joined Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Pilou Asbæk (Lucy) in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt will play a villain named the Laughing Man opposite Johansson’s protagonist, Motoko Kusanagi. The Laughing Man is described as being “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.”
Previously, word suggested that Sam Riley (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) had landed the role, but Pitt’s involvement seems to negate those rumors.
Pitt’s other movie and TV credits include Dawson’s Creek, Funny Games, Seven Psychopaths and I Origins.
The upcoming film is based off of the best-selling Japanese manga series of the same name, which was originally published in 1989, about an augmented-cybernetic human who leads Public Security Section 9, a task force created to bring down cyberterrorists.
Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing Ghost in the Shell, while Jeffrey Silver, Michael Costigan, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and Tetsu Fujimura are executive producing. Street Kings and Straight Outta Compton screenwriters, Jamie Moss and Jonathan Herman, respectively, are on board to pen the film’s script. Production is expected to begin later this month in New Zealand.
Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is helming the project, which as of now has a March 31, 2017 release date.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter