Based on Masamune Shirow’s now-classic manga, the upcoming live-action ‘Ghost in the Shell’ film has thus far presented an interesting study in contrasts. While the film has, like most such adaptations, drawn a great deal of scrutiny from fans (especially in the wake of the controversial casting of Scarlett Johansson), there has thus far been remarkably little to actually criticize.

We have previously covered the release of a series of TV spots that are as brief as they are cryptic. In addition, we have also reported on the extensive comments offered by producer Avi Arad regarding the film’s story, the thought process behind a number of decisions made in the course of the adaptation, and the specific influences of prior ‘Ghost in the Shell’ works on the film. But as intriguing as the available information might be, it’s not enough to build a concrete picture of the film.

But today that’s all changed, with the release of the film’s first trailer. Beginning with a brief introduction from star Scarlett Johansson, the trailer quickly segues into the main attraction: nearly two and a half minutes of footage from the film. This includes many of the clips that previously appeared in the TV spots, now presented with a great deal more context than was offered before. But enough from me. You can see the trailer for yourself here:

From the official synopsis:

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 Robotics’ advancements in cyber technology.

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Helmed by ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ director Rupert Sanders, ‘Ghost in the Shell’ stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Kaori Momoi, Rila Fukushima, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuerem Yutaka Izumihara, and Tawanda Manyimo. The film is scheduled for release on March 31, 2017.