Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have released this first-look image to mark the start of production on Ghost in the Shell.
Based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, the film stars Scarlett Johansson and is being filmed in Wellington, New Zealand.
Other cast members include Beat Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet, Michael Pitt as Kuze, Pilou Asbæk as Batou, and Kaori Momoi.
The story 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.
“We are so pleased to be in Wellington to shoot Ghost in the Shell” said producers Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Michael Costigan and Jeffrey Silver.
“The city boasts state-of-the-art production facilities and a rich urban landscape that make it an ideal setting for a sci-fi action film. The crew-base in New Zealand working on the film is first class, and working with Sir Richard Taylor and the team at Weta Workshop is inspirational on every level.
“The people of New Zealand have been terrific partners in helping us bring this story and its beloved characters to audiences around the world and we are thankful for their continued hospitality.”
Paramount Pictures will release the film in the U.S. on March 31, 2017.