Deadline are reporting that Sam Riley is in talks for a major role in Rupert Sanders’ (Snow White and the Huntsman) upcoming live-action version of anime classic Ghost in the Shell.
He would join Scarlett Johansson, who is already lined up in the lead role of a cyborg special ops agent (named Major Motoko Kusanagi in the source material) working in counter-cyberterorrism in the near future.
Riley could either be playing one of the male protagonist roles, or the 1995 animated feature’s antagonist (itself taken from the original manga), the Puppet Master – an elusive hacker deemed to be a threat to national security.
Anyone who’s seen and enjoyed the underrated indie sci-fi Franklyn can attest to the actor’s proclivity for inhabiting morbid, dystopian sci-fi landscapes. Although Riley isn’t a lock as yet as no deal has been made and “the situation is still fluid”, he would