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Tabloid in Tokyo was the stage on Sunday as stars of the upcoming film Ghost in the Shell, Scarlett Johansson, “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, Producer Avi Arad and director Rupert Sanders joined fans and influencers to celebrate the global launch party for the film.

Scarlett Johansson plays The Major in Ghost in the Shell from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures in theaters March 31, 2017.

Scarlett Johansson plays The Major in Ghost in the Shell from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures in theaters March 31, 2017.

In the film Johansson plays The Major, a special ops one-of-a-kind human-cyborg who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

The unique experience included an opening with Taiko drummers and a performance from legendary anime film composer Kenji Kawai.

Before viewing the trailer fans were treated to never-before-seen-footage from the film. They also got to get an up-close look at costumes and props from the highly anticipated film. Attendees also got to capture their experience utilizing a film-centric experiential photo booth – “Becoming The Major”.

Once everything wrapped up Scarlett, Rupert and Kitano introduced the film Ghost in the Shell to the world globally premiering the trailer.

Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, and Rupert Sanders getting interviewed during the Ghost in the Shell Fan Event at Tabloid in Tokyo, Japan November 13, 2016

Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, and Rupert Sanders getting interviewed during the Ghost in the Shell Fan Event at Tabloid in Tokyo, Japan November 13, 2016

Ghost in the Shell which hit’s theaters March 31st, 2017 is already marred in a bit of controversy due to its casting of Johansson as the lead character The Major. Some fans of the original Japanese manga are calling Hollywood out on what they consider “whitewashing” of the role and feel there were plenty of Asian actresses who could have filled the roles.

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Director Rupert Sanders spoke on the his casting of Johansson saying “I cast very much from the gut.” and also defended his choice of Johansson by saying “I think whenever you cast someone, someone’s going to be critical of it. To me, I stand by my decision,” he told the crowd of fans. “She’s the best actress of her generation, and I was flattered and honored that she would be in this film.”

Rupert Sanders on stage during the Ghost in the Shell Fan Event at Tabloid in Tokyo, Japan November 13, 2016

Rupert Sanders on stage during the Ghost in the Shell Fan Event at Tabloid in Tokyo, Japan November 13, 2016

Sanders also points out that he full support from the creators of the original anime and director Mamoru Oshii. Well from the trailer the film looks promising and we are curious to see if the film does the iconic anime justice. To see more photos from the event and stills from the movie itself hit the gallery below:

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PHOTOS: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images For Paramount Pictures

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