Ghost in the Shell’s villain to be portrayed by Maleficent’s Sam Riley?

Sam Riley from Disney’s Maleficent

Who wants some more news for the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie? Sam Riley, who can be seen playing Maleficent’s sidekick in the Disney live-action film, is in early talks to play the villain in the Ghost in the Shell movie, according to Deadline.

Scarlett Johansson and Pilou Asbæk (The Borgias) are attached to star opposite Riley.

The film will be directed by Ruper Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) from a screenplay by Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton). Jamie Moss and William Wheeler were previously attached as writers.

The movie is based on the cyberpunk manga by Masamune Shirow and follows a covert ops unit known as Sector 9 fighting cyber-crimes. The manga was made popular by 1995’s anime movie of the same name starring Major Kusanagi and Batou.

Ghost in the Shell hits theaters on March 31, 2017.

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