We’ve been getting mysterious teases for Ghost in the Shell over the past couple months, and now we finally have our first full look at Rupert Sanders adaptation of the wildly influential manga and anime.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

Many of the visuals are taken directly from the 1995 film with a level of artistry that looks like it could rival The Matrix. The story hinted at in the trailer points towards a larger mystery surrounding the origins of Scarlett Johansson’s character The Major and will hopefully add something to the mythos of this long-running property and surprise those familar with the source material. The orginal Ghost in the Shell is available to watch on Hulu, and is well-worth checking out if you’re curious about this film.

I don’t want to ignore the fact that there are obvious issues with the casting given the fact that Johansson’s character is traditionally Japanese in all prior material, and that aspect in particular will certainly be worthy of future discussions. But in terms of the trailer, there’s an exciting level of effects work and production design that makes Ghost in the Shell a must-see for me next year.

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures

Ghost in the Shell will link to theaters in the US on March 31, 2017.

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