Variety has word that legendary Japanese actor and director Takeshi Kitano (Outrage, Battle Royale, Johnny Mnemonic) has joined the cast of DreamWorks’ Ghost In The Shell. Takeshi aka Beat will play Daisuke Aramaki, chief of Public Security Section 9 — and boss of the cyborg cop played by Scarlett Johansson.
It’s already started production in New Zealand with Johansson, it will be doubling for a futuristic Japan. The land of the rising sun is notoriously expensive to shoot exterior scenes, this combined with tax incentives likely has led to New Zealand doubling for the Asian country.
The expectation currently is that many other roles will be cast with Japanese/Asian actors like Kitano.
Michael Pitt will play the hacker terrorist The Laughing Man, while Pilou Asbæk will play the supporting hero Batou.
Shell is set for release on March 31st, 2017 and distribution has switched from Disney to Paramount.