Margot Robbie in Talks for Ghost in the Shell

Jameson Empire Awards 2014

Margot Robbie’s name has been attached to a number of high-profile projects since her star-making turn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. The Australian actress is reportedly in early talks to star in DreamWorks’ upcoming adaptation of the much-loved manga created by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell. The Wrap broke the news, stating that Robbie will be taking on a “major role” in the film.

Rupert Sanders, director of Snow White and the Huntsman, is to be at the helm of the adaptation, which has a screenplay by Bill Wheeler.

The original manga, and the many adaptations that followed, tells the story of the members of Public Security Section 9, a task-force made up of former military officers and police detectives. They specialise in fighting technology-related crime.

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An anime film adaptation was released in 1995 to much acclaim. Directed by Mamoru Oshii, who also helmed the anime sequel, the movie followed public security agency Section 9’s hunt for a mysterious hacker known as the Puppet Master. Lead character Motoko Kusanagi and her team find the suspect, only to be drawn into a complex sequence of political intrigue and cover-ups.

Avi Arad (X-Men, Spider-Man) and Steven Paul (Ghost Rider) are producing the upcoming adaptation.

Margot Robbie will next be seen alongside Will Smith in Focus and alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine in Z for Zachariah.

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