Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sends Casting Call for Extras
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The staff for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin samurai manga is currently holding an open casting call for volunteer extras in the film. Applicants can be of any age or gender, and must apply between now and the end of October. Shooting for the film will take place in the Kansai and Shikoku regions of Japan.
The film is slated to be released next year, and will star 22-year-old actor Takeru Satoh (Kamen Rider Den-O, Rookies, Beck, Ryōmaden). Keishi Ōtomo will direct Satoh on this new film, just as he did in last year's NHK historical television series Ryōmaden. Warner Brothers Pictures Japan is producing with its president William Ireton, while Studio Swan (Paradise Kiss) is in charge of the actual film production.
The Sankei Sports newspaper reported that the staff aims to release the film internationally and eventually make a series. This will be the first live-action adaptation of the manga.
Watsuki's original 1994-1999 manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and the resulting 28 compiled books volumes have 50 million copies in print. The manga inspired a television anime series that is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Viz Media published the manga in North America, and Media Blasters' AnimeWorks label released the television anime.
ADV Films released two later original video anime projects and a film on DVD, and Aniplex is releasing these three titles on Blu-ray Disc this year. in April, Shueisha announced that a new Rurouni Kenshin anime project has been green-lit.