It's really happening. Fans of Gintama can now rest a little easier, because that live-action movie is for real.
A lot more cast members have been announced (via Anime News Network) apart from already-known Shun Oguri, who is slated to play samurai protagonist Gintoki Sakata. The two other members of the Yorozuya is Masaki Suda casted as megane man-boy Shinpachi Shimura. Kanna Hashimoto is taking on the role of Yato clan member and glutton-girl Kagura.
The Shinsengumi mainstays have also been announced. Vice Commander Toshiro Hijikata will be played by Yuuya Yagira. The Do-S Sougo Okita will be played by Ryo Yoshizawa. And the Shinsengumi commander Isao Kondo will be played by Kankuro Nakamura VI.
Other characters with confirmed cast members include Shinpachi's older sister Tae Shimura (Masami Nagasawa), Joui rebel Kotaro "Zura" Katsura (Masaki Okada), and old man Gengai Hiraga (Tsuyoshi Muro).
There's no word yet on what story will be adapted into the live-action version. So far, the two animated films were a retelling of the fan-favorite Benizakura arc and a new story penned by mangaka Hideaki Sorachi for the Gekijoban Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare movie.
It's anyone's guess at this point what story will be involved. I do hope there will be more characters featured in the film. Kind of sad that Yamazaki didn't make it for all his anpan craziness. And don't get me started on Tsukuyo. And maybe Sarutobi and Hattori Zenzou.
Who am I kidding, we need all of them in there, am I right?
The live-action Gintama film is slated for a 2017 release date. Yuichi Fukuda is already signed as the director for the film and writer of the script. Now, if we can only have an update on a possible continuation of the anime.