One of the best anime series ever made is finally getting a Japanese live-action adaptation, and they better not screw it up like they did with Attack on Titan. I'm talking about the Hiromu Arakawa's Steampunk anime/manga, Fullmetal Alchemist. Although the main fictional setting is based on Europe, the film will be getting a Japanese cast.
As Natalie reports, the film be directed by Fumihiko Sori, best known for 2002 film Ping Pong.
Edward Elric will be played a boy band member Ryosuke Yamada, while Winry Rockbell will be played by Tsubasa Honda; the badass fire alchemist Roy Mustang will be played by Deah Fujioka. Check out the cast members and the characters they'll be playing:
Image via My Game News Flash
Notice that there's no casting for Alphonse Elric. Perhaps they'll use CGI to depict his metal armor body. I like how a lot of these actors resemble their characters, but of course, some look way different.
“I want to depict something that follows the original work as much as possible,” Sori said. “The cast is entirely Japanese, but the setting is Europe. However, their race and nationality isn’t expressed in a specific form.”
Considering the bad reception for the recent live-action adaptations of anime, the reaction for Fullmetal Alchemist movie hasn't been hopeful, but I hope they really don't screw this up. Hollywood is bringing us a live-action Ghost and the Shell and live-action Death Note film soon, so hopefully, they'll give us more hope on the future of live-action films based on anime and manga.