Scarlett Johansson Tapped to Lead 'Ghost in the Shell'

The 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' actress is set to play a kick-ass heroine in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow's manga.

AceShowbiz - %cScarlett Johansson% has bagged the lead role in DreamWorks' "Ghost in the Shell". Variety reports the Black Widow of Marvel Cinematic Universe is cast to portray Major Kusanagi, a covert agent fighting tech crimes in a futuristic cyberpunk world.

The live-action film is adapted from Masamune Shirow's manga of the same name. Rupert Sanders ("Snow White and the Huntsman") is expected to sit behind the lens with the script by Bill Wheeler. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are among the producers.

In October 2013, ScarJo was reported being offered $10 million to play the kick-ass heroine. The role reportedly was originally planned for %cMargot Robbie%, but "The Wolf of Wall Street" actress dropped out of negotiations as she's lined up for "Suicide Squad", Warner Bros.' potential blockbuster centering on anti-heroes in DC Comic Universe.

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