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Hey! Say! JUMP's Ryōsuke Yamada Stars in Live-Action Assassination Classroom Film

posted on 2014-08-26 22:30 EDT
Masaki Suda, Kippei Shiina, Maika Yamamoto also star in film opening in March 2015

The staff of the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga announced the main cast for the film on Wednesday. The staff have also opened an official website and Twitter account for the film.

Hey! Say! JUMP band member Ryōsuke Yamada (Kindaichi Case Files' Kindaichi) will star in the film as Nagisa Shiota (pictured second from left in top row). Yamada notes that he is a fan of the original work and he is undergoing action training for the role.

The rest of the main cast is as follows:

Top row, from left to right:

Bottom row, from left to right:

The staff also revealed that Kuro-sensei will be rendered in CG in the film. The voice actor for the character has not yet been announced.

Eiichirō Hasumi (Umizaru films, Wild 7) is directing the film, and Tatsuya Kanazawa (Saru Lock The Movie, Lucky Seven) is writing the script. Filming will begin on site at an abandoned elementary school on the in the suburbs in Japan's Kanto district on August 31, and will wrap up in mid-October. The film is set to open in March 2015.

Viz Media will publish the first volume of the manga in North America in December. The company describes the story:

A humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher – an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength! The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth – unless his students can destroy him first. What makes things more complicated is that he's the best teacher they've ever had!

Matsui launched Assassination Classroom in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2012, and Shueisha published the 10th volume in July. The series ranked number seven in Japan's top-selling manga for 2013, and currently has more than 10 million copies in print. The series already inspired an event anime last year, and is also inspiring a television anime series that will premiere in January.

Sources: Eiga.com, Comic Natalie


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