Yesterday, Shinji Higuchi the director of the upcoming live action Attack on Titan project has announced that there will be two live action films and will both release in Summer 2015. In addition to the announcement, the film’s cast was also revealed.
Hajime Isayama, the creator of the original manga, will be overseeing the story of the upcoming film. Higuchi has confirmed that the two films will be set in the same world and feature the same characters, though the film will also incorporate new characters and enemies. The first film is currently being filmed at Hashima Island in the Nagasaki Prefecture and will continue to the Kumamoto Prefecture, Ibaraki Prefecture and Toho studio.
In addition to the announcement, the anime’s cast was announced. The actors and actresses roles have not been revealed yet aside from the lead role. The two films will feature:
- Haruma Miura (Yama in the live action Captain Harlock) will play as main character Eren Jaeger
- Hiroki Hasegawa (Director Hirata in Why Don’t You Play in Hell?)
- Kiko Mizuhara (Shaman from Trick The Movie: Last Stage)
- Kanata Hongo (Joichiro Nishi in the live action Gantz)
- Takahiro Miura (Furuya in live action Space Battleship Yamato)
- Nanami Sakuraba (Airi from Jinroh Game)
- Satoru Matsuo (Keisuke Chikamori in Hospitality Department)
- Satomi Ishihara (Akane Ayukawa from Sadako 3D)
- Taki Pierre (Miki in upcoming live action Parasyte)
- Jun Kunimura (Unari Asamoto from Asa Hiru Ban)
- Shu Watanabe (Eiji Hino in live action Kamen Rider films)
- Ayame Misaki (Ai Yamaguchi from Shin Usagi Yasei no Tohai)
- Rina Takeda (Kurenai Ayaka in Karate Girl)
Part of the film’s production crew has also been revealed:
- Director: Shinji Higuchi (Nadia – The Secret of Blue Water)
- Script Writers: Hajime Isayama, Yuusuke Watanabe (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods), Tomohiro Machiyama (Film critic)
The Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) series was created by Hajime Isayama. It started off as a manga in 2009 and is published in Kodansha’s monthly Bessatsu Shounen Magazine. To date there has been 13 compiled volumes of the manga. A prequel light novel adaptation started in 2011, and two spin-off manga started serialization in 2012: Shingeki no Kyojin: Before the Fall and Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou. In April 2013 the series was picked up for an anime adaptation. The anime series was produced by the newly formed Wit Studios. The series has grown in popularity since the anime’s debut, with the manga selling over 36 million copies as of April this year. Numerous game adaptations of the film were created following the anime, such as an online browser game and the Nintendo 3DS title Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind.
Here is a synopsis of the anime from MAL:
Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans.
Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.
There will be two Attack on Titan live action films that will star Haruma Miura in the main role. The films will release in Japanese theatres next Summer. Principle filming of the two films will wrap up this August.
Source Article – Eiga
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