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20 Book-To-Movie Characters That Were Cast All Wrong

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Scarlett Johansson as Major Mira Killian, Ghost in the Shell

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You know we had to start with the big one, right? Ghost in the Shell is a beloved franchise from Japan created by Masamune Shirow for both a manga series and subsequent anime show. The story follows Major Mira Killian, a human who is turned into a cyborg soldier after being injured beyond repair in a terrorist attack. She now fights for an anti-terrorist bureau but struggles to remember any part of her past. You can imagine what follows next. The franchise has served as inspiration for The Matrix and Avatar, but when it was turned into its own American adaptation, they missed the mark. Scarlett Johansson was cast as the main character, and viewers were rightfully upset that the producers didn’t choose a Japanese actress. Though we appreciate ScarJo’s desire for taking on different roles, it’s important to remember that the heart and soul of films lie in their culture, and that shouldn’t be ignored or changed.

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