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Report: Scarlett Johansson will star in Ghost in the Shell film

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Actress Scarlett Johansson has signed on to play the lead in DreamWorks' upcoming Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation, Variety reports.

Johansson is known for her roles in recent films such as Lucy, Under the Skin and Marvel's Iron Man, Captain America and Avengers films. Rupert Sanders, who directed Snow White and the Huntsman, will direct the film.

Ghost in the Shell follows Motoko Kusanagi, the cyborg leader of a security squad that focuses on cyber warfare. Although it originally began in manga, the series has since bloomed into TV shows, animated films and video games. The live-action film in which Johansson will star is an adaptation of the original manga.