There has been a heck tonne of talk about the live action remake of iconic cyberpunk manga Ghost In The Shell, mainly for the whitewashing issue (which I'll come to later) rather than excitement. But targeting their audience perfectly, Paramount released five short teasers during the finale of Mr Robot season 2, giving us all a taste of what's to come.

My first thought was "Wait... Björk?". Alas, this is not the Icelandic songstress but a reference to the series 'Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex', a spin-off anime in which the first episode involves a hostage situation and robot geishas. Perhaps Section 9 (the elite anti-cybercrime unit that Kusanagi leads) will be introduced to us through this fairly straightforward narrative? I mean, whatever is going on here, it looks pretty badass.

This is our first glimpse of Scarlett Johannson as our protagonist (Kusanagi, now named Major), unplugging herself. Someone who has never heard of Ghost In The Shell could catch some idea of the film just from this clip. We've got the future, we've got cyberpunk style, and we've got robots!

I'm not really sure what this one is all about - have Paramount tried to shoehorn some lesbianism (hailing waaaaaaay back to the manga) in here to make up for the inevitable lack of nudity? The character of Kusanagi is pretty keen to get her kit off in the original anime, but I doubt Hollywood wants to throw that in. Also, the question of "What are you?" makes no sense in the universe of Ghost In The Shell - cyborgs and cybernetic mods are common, at least in the manga and anime that is.

A wild Beat Takeshi appears! Japanese actor, director, writer, producer, host, comedian, jack of all trades and general legend Takeshi Kitano stars as Major's boss, Daisuke Aramaki. If you've seen Battle Royale you'll know how scary Kitano can be, and it looks like we'll be seeing that side of him again if this dingy teaser is anything to go by.

Now this is the clip everyone has been waiting for. The film has been accused of being "whitewashed", and I can understand how that conclusion was drawn. However, the whole idea of the character of Kusanagi is that she is a ghost (conscious being) in a shell (her prosthetic cyber body). Born Japanese, a plane crash rendered Kusangi paralysed, leading to her being chosen for an experiment which planted her consciousness into a synthetic non-racial "blank canvas" body. Ghost In The Shell originated as a manga, meaning the style it was drawn in often leans towards its characters looking like a Western caricature - round eyes, rounder nose, you get the idea. It makes sense that a Western actress was chosen for the role.

Sidenote: take a look at Avatar: The Last Airbender for a real example of whitewashing... eesh.

I'm not expecting this film to soar to the top of my favourites list, but as a huge fan of both the manga and the anime, I'm keen to see it. It could be awesome, or it could be bloody awful, but I guess we'll just have to wait until March 31st 2017 to find out.