'Wolverine' Actress Rila Fukushima Joins Scarlett Johansson in 'Ghost in the Shell' (Exclusive)

Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche and Takeshi Kitano hare in the DreamWorks project.
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Rila Fukushima has joined Scarlett Johansson in DreamWorks' Ghost in the Shell.

Based on the popular manga of the same name, the movie follows Kusanagi, a cyborg that is a part of an elite cybercrime-fighting task force known as Section 9. 

Snow White and the Huntsman helmer Rupert Sanders will direct the feature from a script written by Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss.

Ghost in the Shell, which will be distributed by Paramount, was widely accused of whitewashing after Johansson and other white actors were cast as the traditionally Japanese characters.   

The Tokyo-born Fukushima joins a cast that also includes Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche and Takeshi Kitano.

To American audiences, Fukushima is known for playing the female ninja Yukio in 2013's Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman. Keeping in the superhero vein, she also took on the role of Katana on The CW's Arrow.

The actress is repped by ICM, Seven Summits and Sloane Offer.

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