Scarlett Johansson is a lethal vision as bodysuit-wearing, cyber-enhanced soldier The Major in Ghost in the Shell, climbing the walls to take out an impressive line of foes.
This exclusive, behind-the-scenes clip from the sci-fi film’s digital HD release (July 7) shows how Johansson and stunt double Carly Rees shared the wire work.
Johansson holds her own in the air after working six months before filming began.
“She’s way more physical than we imagined she would be,” says stunt coordinator Glenn Suter. “We’ve been able to use her a lot in her action sequences.”
Compare the set clip to the actual finished action shown in the film’s trailer below. It makes it clear why Johansson (aka Black Widow in the Marvel franchise), is one of the most sought-after action stars in the world… USA TODAY
With source material as gorgeously imagined as Masamune Shirow’s much-loved manga Ghost in the Shell, director Rupert Sanders and company were inspired to push their own creative efforts in order to bring their visually stunning adaptation to the big screen (and now to Digital HD home screens). Some of those efforts are impressively highlighted in our exclusive Blu-ray clip below, which shows off a couple of insane world-building technologies the team utilized.
The first is what Sanders refers to as “solograms … solid holograms that exist in the city-scapes,” which are used as a form of futuristic advertising. To accomplish as much, they didn’t create animation so much, but instead, with the help of some 80 cameras, they crafted 3D objects that exist virtually in space.
“You can completely walk around them, and they’re in motion. So when you see these characters in the buildings, they’re not animated, these are real action characters that make it look like advertising billboards of the 21stcentury,” says executive producer Jeffrey Silver.
To bring you ever further into the city-scape, the team also utilized what Sanders calls “ghost cams, which are these long kind of journeys through the cities, and they’re really the way you see the world.”
You can get a feel for this enveloping cinematography below as director of photography Jess Hall walks us through the ghost cam’s initial use as it travels through the streets of Hong Kong and approaches Scarlett Johansson’s cyber-enhanced soldier, Major. Check out the high- and low-flying action in our clip below, and get the full BTS experience now on Digital HD, or when the Ghost in the Machine Blu-ray drops on July 25… SYFY WIRE