We all loved it.
That's why we know you'll love this bit of news: Scarlett Johansson has just signed on to the Hollywood movie version of Masamune Shirow's landmark anime, which came out in 1995. The Lucy and Avengers star has been mastering her action movie chops the past few years, which should serve her well when time comes to mimic Motoko Kusanagi's body-bending, gun-toting antics.
The news was reported by U.S. entertainment magazine Variety, who wrote that Johansson has agreed with DreamWorks to star in the picture after being undecided for quite some time. Scarlett drew huge sales at the box office with Lucy, and garnered critical praise as the disembodied A.I. voice in Spike Jonze's Her, making her a prime choice for a movie that anime fans are sure to keep a close eye on.
While some of us may scoff at the very idea of an anime being given the Hollywood treatment (no thanks to that god-awful Dragon Ball movie of course), we're willing to give this one a chance—primarily because Scar-Jo's been an engrossing, effective action star in her recent outings. Let's hope that director Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman) does this one justice.