While Hollywood has adapted classic TV shows, comic books, video games, etc., anime has yet to really be tapped into as the next source of material for live-action films. While a couple have been attempted, they have proven to largely be duds. That could all change with the release of the first trailer for "Ghost in the Shell," adapted from the hit anime and manga originally created by Masamune Shirow. The film is largely adapted from the 1995 anime film, directed by Mamoru Oshii, that's been praised as one of the best in the genre and served as inspiration for films like "The Matrix." So needless to say, this film has a high bar to live up to.


Scarlett fever

The trailer offers the first extensive look at Scarlett Johansson as the lead, referred to as The Major. The Major is part of Section 9, a public security agency tasked with hunting down tech-enhanced criminals, hackers and extremists. Johansson has proven over the last few years that she is an action heroine for the modern age thanks to roles like Black Widow and "Lucy," and the trailer definitely reinforces that fact.

Backing up Johansson is an ensemble international cast of actors from all over.

They are led by Danish actor Pilou Asbaek, who plays fan-favorite Batou, the Major's right-hand man. Asbaek is probably most known for playing Euron Greyjoy in this past season of "Game of Thrones," and this reunites him with Johansson after working together in 2014's "Lucy." The pair are backed up by Takeshi Kitano's Chief Daisuke Aramaki, their commander in Section 9. The cast is filled out with talents like Juliette Binoche and Michael Pitt, who reflect the caliber of talent in front of the camera.


Vision of the future

The trailer also provides a better look at the visually rich world "Ghost in the Shell" inhabits. On one hand, the city presented appears as a colorful and technologically vibrant place, with skyscrapers and holograms dotting the skyline. However, this is juxtaposed with images of a dark and violent underworld where criminals and extremists have finals say.

This is thanks, in part, to director Rupert Sanders. Sanders, best known for his 2012 feature debut "Snow White and the Huntsman," was praised for the visual flair brought to that movie, giving the darker take on the Brothers Grimm classic a unique edge.

However, the film also faced criticism for the script and some of the performances, which in turn lead to questions about whether he is the right director for "Ghost in the Shell." That said, the trailer reflects his commitment to the visual style of the anime and manga, and with Scarlett Johansson in the lead, this could establish Sanders much more prolifically.

So while "Ghost in the Shell" did face its fair share of criticism and controversy about white-washing, especially after the Academy Awards, the trailer went a long way in showing the commitment to the core themes and style of the series, though we have to wait and see until its release on March 31, 2017.