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The Laughing Man steps out of the shadows in new Ghost In The Shell trailer

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Michael Pitt was cast as Scarlett Johansson’s adversary in Ghost In The Shell about a year ago, but we hadn’t really seen him pop up in any of the teasers or trailers that otherwise showed off The Major. But, with the release date now looming, Paramount’s just unveiled the villain of the piece—Pitt’s Laughing Man, a cyber-terrorist who just wants to help set The Major free. His dastardly deeds are breathlessly recounted for her, and she vows to bring him to justice. That’s all before she somehow ends up in his grasp, and he tells her that her life was stolen from her by the very organization that employs her. Chilling stuff, if you aren’t already convinced you’re living a lie.

Directed by Rupert Sanders, Ghost In The Shell opens March 31.