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Scarlett Johansson offered lead in 'Ghost in the Shell'

The live action remake is currently in the works at DreamWorks.

By Annie Martin
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Scarlett Johansson offered lead in 'Ghost in the Shell'
Scarlett Johansson has been offered the lead role in a live action remake of 'Ghost in the Shell.' (UPI/David Silpa) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Scarlett Johansson has been offered the lead role in Ghost in the Shell.

The 29-year-old actress reportedly has a $10 million offer from DreamWorks to star as Motoko Kusanagi in a live-action remake. The Wolf of Wall Street actress Margot Robbie was previously rumored for the role, but appears to be attached to Suicide Squad instead.

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Ghost in the Shell debuted as a manga by Masamune Shirow in 1989, and inspired several animated films and a Japanese television series. The story follows cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi, a squad leader of fictional law enforcement division Public Security Section 9. Kusanagi and the organization work to counter cyber-crime and terrorist attacks.

DreamWorks co-owner Steven Spielberg acquired the rights to adapt the manga in 2009, and originally planned for the film to be a 3D movie. Rubert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) was hired in January to direct the live action remake.

Johansson most recently appeared in Lucy, and is scheduled for a number of upcoming features, including Avengers: Age of Ultron. The actress will also voice characters in short film Deep Down and Disney's live action remake of The Jungle Book.

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