Following the October news that Scarlett Johansson was offered the lead in the live-action Ghost in the Shell after the previous primary contender, The Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie, moved on to other projects, trade mag Variety is now saying that sources are telling them that Johansson has signed on to take the job.
Variety describes the project as following the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. They also hear that Paramount has the option to come on as co-producer and financier, with that decision coming soon.
William Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the Hoax) has written a screenplay for the project being produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul. The project was picked up by Dreamworks several years ago, fueled by the personal passion of Steven Spielberg. Plans are to shoot it in 3D.
Johansson can next be seen in Avengers sequel Age of Ultron.