If The Avengers and every other Marvel action superhero film has taught us anything, is that it needs more kick-ass women. Scarlett Johansson, being the only female ass kicker currently in the comic book movie world, is quickly becoming the go-to girl for action roles. And after the success of last summer’s Lucy, she’s now ready to take on the world of action in a whole new way: As a Japanese anime character.

According to Variety, Johansson is officially set to star in DreamWorks’ live-action adaptation of the popular and classic manga tale titledĀ Ghost in the Shell. The Captain America: The Winter Soldier actress will play Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg who leads a team of hackers to stop a technological villain by the name of the Puppet Master.
The film, which will be directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), will most likely be green lit as soon as possible now that Johnasson is signed on to star. And since DreamWorks has been waiting years to get this project off the ground, I’m sure they’re more than happy.
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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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