The star of the popular HBO show “Boardwalk Empire” Michael Pitt is set to play the villain called The Laughing Man in Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell”. The Laughing Man is described as a bitter and vengeful man with a body that is part robot… [and] a unique sense of style.”
The movie is based on Masamune Shirow’s seminal cyberpunk manga and the subsequent anime franchise, “Ghost in the Shell” centers on Public Security Section 9, a counter-cyberterrorist organization in near-future Japan led by Major Motoko Kusanagi.
Directing is Rupert Sanders with stars Scarlett Johansson and Pilou Asbæk. It’s set to open March 31, 2017.