Scarlett Johansson is slated to play Major Motoko Kusanagi in the upcoming live-action remake of the legendary 'Ghost in the Shell' anime film. Though lighthearted Miyazaki films often break into the greater arena of pop culture as far as anime is concerned, the darker 'Ghost in the Shell' has proven to be one of the most enduring franchises in the world of anime.
As a whole, the 'Ghost in the Shell' franchise has been running since its inception as a manga series in 1989. The franchise's first film, with the same name and featuring cyborg police officer Major Motoko Kusanagi, has been hailed as one of the great masterworks of the medium.
The live-action 'Ghost in the Shell' film, set to be released in 2017, will be the first live-action adaptation of the franchise, and indeed one of the first live-action interpretations of an anime project in general.