Scarlett Johansson is returning to action films once again, signing on to star in an adaptation of the popular Japanese anime Ghost In The Shell.

The Avengers star has agreed to appear in the DreamWorks adaptation. Ghost In The Shell follows a member of a covert ops unit of a Japanese Safety Commission whose specialty is fighting technology-based crimes. The summary of the 1995 anime film reads as follows:

“The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and abilities that can access any network on Earth.”

Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks principal, has always admired the Ghost In The Shell anime series, and has wanted to get a live-action adaptation up and running for some time now. With Scarlett Johansson attached, the film should begin production sooner rather than later.

Johansson has quietly become a bankable action star in recent years. Aside from portraying Black Widow in the Avengers and Captain America films for Marvel, Johansson’s last film, Lucy, brought in almost $400 million in worldwide box office. The action film, directed by Luc Besson, featured Johansson as a young girl who is given superior mental strength after a black market drug gets into her bloodstream. She can be seen next in the upcoming, highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Aside from Scarlett Johnasson, no other cast for Ghost In The Shell has been announced The film will be directed by Rupert Sanders, whose previous credits include Snow White and The Huntsman and three short films. Sanders will direct a screenplay from Bill Wheeler, and the film will be produced by Avi Arad and Steven Paul. No release date has been set.

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