Deadline is reporting that Scarlett Johansson has been offered the lead for a live-action film based on the popular anime Ghost in the Shell.
The sci-fi actioner was picked up by Dreamworks co-owner Steven Spielberg and has gone through several hurdles to make it to the big screen. With Johansson commanding recent lead roles as a female action hero with films like The Avengers and Lucy, the casting news could mean an end to the production stall.
Originally, Margot Robbie of The Wolf of Wall Street was rumored to be in talks for the Ghost role. However, she has now apparently signed on the Warner Bros. Suicide Squad announced this week with talks of Will Smith and Tom Hardy joining the fray. The shuffle opened up a $10 million offering for Johansson instead.
Ghost in the Shell has seen several iterations in anime and comic book form. The original film, released in 1995, became a cult hit that spawned a sequel and television series. It follows Major Motoko Kusanagi, an officer for a cyber-terrorism task force called Section 9 in a futuristic Tokyo where robotic enhancements are the norm.
Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is set to direct. No release date has been announced.