Hollywood A lister Scarlett Johansson is back on two wheels in her latest movie, Ghost in the Shell, which is in cinemas at the end of this month.
The actress rides a specially made Honda NM4 Vultus is the adaptation of the acclaimed Japanese manga and plays Major, the first of her kind, a human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. Beat Takeshi plays her boss, Aramaki. The film is directed by Rupert Sanders.
Based on the NC750 platform, the Vultus’ futuristic manga inspired styling has polarised opinions with British motorcyclists but should fit perfectly its starring role in the sci-fi movie. The bike in the film was based on design sketches provided by Honda, finessed by the film production team, and subsequently stars in the film as the hero bike ridden by the lead character. Honda says that the NM4 “helps to make the futuristic world depicted in the film more realistic.”
This is not the first time that one of Johansson’s characters has appeared on a motorcycle. Famously she plays Black Widow in the MARVEL series of movies, riding a Harley-Davidson LiveWire in Avengers: Age of Ultron. She was also famously spotted riding regularly around LA with ex-husband Ryan Reynolds on his Triumph, while motorcycles featured heavily in her 2013 role Under the Skin, where she starred alongside former Grand Prix winner Jeremy McWilliams.
The NM4 Vultus used in the movie will also be appearing at several motorcycle shows, sadly without Johansson, but unfortunately for us Brits the schedule currently only includes Japan’s Osaka and Tokyo shows, which take place this month.