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How Scarlett Johansson’s Bodysuit From ‘Ghost In the Shell’ Was Made

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Scarlett Johansson plays The Major in Ghost in the Shell (Paramount Pictures)


The thermoptic bodysuit that Scarlett Johansson wears in the upcoming Ghost In the Shell adaptation has already sparked a lot of conversation—while wearing it, she almost appears naked. But it was only recently that the New York Post explained how it was made.

The suit is really a body-hugging, silicone sheath made by Weta Workshop, who wanted it to look like skin with an apparent military function. The torso of it is a single piece with a jigsaw puzzle texture and one invisible seam running down the back. Everything else was molded separately, and connects to the torso with magnets.

It took Weta’s props department two months to figure out how they were going to make this costume; once they had their solution, they scanned Johansson’s body and created a mannequin with her exact measurements. The suit was then made a size smaller, guaranteeing a snug fit.

Scroll down for a video from Weta Workshop about how they made the thermoptic suit. Ghost in the Shell opens March 31st.