Deadline buried the lead in their story about possible Suicide Squad movie casting yesterday, with a late-breaking addendum that ScarJo is being offered $10 million to play Motoko Kusanagi (or whatever horribly Americanized name they’ll give her so as not to appear to be whitewashing – Moe Cuse, perhaps?). If you’re not going to go Asian, it makes sense – Johansson’s recent Lucy ripped off and dumbed down quite a bit from Akira, and proved she could open a movie at the box office. And having already played an alien uncomfortable in human skin, playing a mechanical body with an existential crisis shouldn’t be a huge stretch.
While I doubt the movie won’t be fucked up somehow, I actually think this might be a good first step. And if it all falls apart, the originals are still there.