Interest Live-Action GTO Remake Cast Photos Posted
posted on 2012-06-09 01:30 EDT by Ko Ransom
The role of the hot-blooded P.E. teacher Hajime Fukuroda in the upcoming GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka live-action television series remake will be played by the comedian Eiji "Sugi-chan" Sugiyama, marking his debut performance in a drama series. The Mainichi Shimbun paper's Mantan Web site posted photos from the series, including one with Sugiyama, Exile band member Akira (playing the lead role of Onizuka), and Miori Takimoto (playing the heroine Azusa Fuyutsuki).
The series begins this July as a remake of an earlier 1998 live-action television series. Both series are based on Tohru Fujisawa's original school comedy manga about a former gang member who becomes an unorthodox teacher.
Beyond Sugiyama, Akira, and Takimoto, the 51-year-old Hitomi Kuroki (20th Century Boys, Dark Water) will play Sakurai Ryoko, the principal who believes in Onizuka's teaching abilities. 26-year-old Yuu Shirota (The Prince of Tennis) will play Ryuji Danma, a friend from Onizuka's biker gang days. Students in Onizuka's "Class 2-4" will be played by Haruna Kawaguchi, Shō Takada, Shintarō Morimoto, and Taishi Nakagawa. 24-year-old Yūsuke Yamamoto and 60-year-old Ryōsei Tayama round out the cast; Yamamoto will play the part of Toshiyuki Saejima, policeman and bad influence on Onizuka, while Tayama will play Hiroshi Uchiyamada, the loud-mouthed vice-principal and Onizuka's nemesis.
More photos from the series can be found at Mantan Web.