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Scarlett Johansson's Ghost in the Shell movie has found its villain

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Feb 7, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

Michael Pitt has nabbed the role of the villain opposite star Scarlett Johansson in DreamWorks’ hotly anticipated Ghost in the Shell.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt — who played gangster Jimmy Darmody on Boardwalk Empire — will play the Laughing Man, a character from the manga series the site describes as “a bitter and vengeful man with a body that is part robot. He has a unique sense of style and has been described as a bad guy filtered through the lens of a street artist.”

Rupert Sanders (Snow White and The Huntsman) is set to helm the long-gestating sci-fi film based on Masamune Shirow’s cyberpunk Japanese manga series (and anime), Ghost in the Shell.

The story takes place in a near-future Japan and follows the exploits of Public Security Section 9, a counter-cyberterrorist organization led by Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson), an augmented-cybernetic human (aka a cyborg) as they deal with dangerous criminals. Production on the movie is expected to start in late February in New Zealand.

With a script penned by Jonathan Herman, Ghost in the Shell also stars Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) as Batou, Major Motoko Kusanagi’s second-in-command. The movie is set to open in theaters on March 31, 2017.

(via THR)