Warner Brothers has officially announced on Tuesday that a live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s popular Fullmetal Alchemist manga is in the works. It is expected to premiere in Japan in winter 2017 as slated that way. Filming has been scheduled to begin in Italy at the beginning of June, and is very likely to be wrapped up in Japan in the second half of August.
The film will star Ryōsuke Yamada (Hey! Say! JUMP member and live-action Assassination Classroom’s Nagisa) as Edward Elric, Tsubasa Honda (live-action Blue Spring Ride’s Futaba) as Winry Rockbell, and Dean Fujioka (live-action Happy Marriage!?) as Roy Mustang. Other cast members include:
Fumiyo Kohinata as General Hakuro
Ryuta Sato as Maes Hughes
Misako Renbutsu as Riza Hawkeye
Natsuna as Maria Ross
Natsuki Harada as Gracia Hughes
Yo Oizumi as Shou Tucker
Jun Kunimura as Doctor Marco
Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust
Kanata Hongou as Envy
Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony
Kenjiro Ishimaru as Father Cornello
Fumihiko Sori (live-action Ping Pong) will direct the film. On adapting the source material, Sori said, “I want to create a style that follows the original manga as much as possible. The cast is entirely Japanese, but the cultural background is Europe. However, it’s a style that doesn’t represent a specific race or country.”
Sori also said he could not yet reveal details on how Alphonse will be presented in the film, but is confident fans will be satisfied.
Arakawa published the manga from 2001 to 2010 in Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan, and Viz Media released the series in North America and describes the story:
In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “auto-mail” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother’s bodies…the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.
The series inspired the Fullmetal Alchemist television anime series in 2003 and its sequel film, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa, in 2005. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, a second television anime series based more closely on the original manga’s story, debuted in 2009. A spinoff anime film, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, premiered in 2011.
Source: Anime News Network