Actress Yuka to Play Original Character in Black Butler Film

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Film slated to open in theaters in Japan early next year

Actress Yuka will play an original character in next year's Black Butler live-action film. Yuka will star as main character Shiori Genpō's (Ayame Gōriki) aunt, Hanae Wakatsuki.

In the film, Hanae Wakatsuki oversees her niece Shiori who is a descendant of the prestigious aristocratic family Phantomhive, and the heir to the the massive Phantom Corporation. The character is written as a bewitching intellectual who aids Shiori and her demon butler Sebastian Michaelis (Hiro Mizushima) in unraveling the film's mystery. Comic Natalie notes that Yuka also has a bathing scene within the film.

Yuka is playing the second original character to the film; fashion magazine model Mizuki Yamamoto (Kirishima, Bukatsu Yameru-tte yo) will play an original character, a maid named Lin.

While the original manga is set in 19th century England, this new film is set more than 130 years later in 2020, in an Asian city where Western and Asian cultures freely intermingle. Since only males can take the reins of the Phantomhive family, Shiori dons male clothes and the name Kiyoharu to lead the massive Phantom Corporation. This will be first time that Gōriki plays a girl who assumes a male disguise.

Mizushima (Zettai Kareshi - Kanzen Muketsu no Koibito Robot) plays Sebastian Michaelis, a demonic butler with impeccable knowledge, manners, grace, cooking skills, martial arts, looks, and more. Like Ciel in the original manga, Shiori, played by Goriki (live-action Gatchaman, L DK), has a seal in her right eye as a symbol of her contract with Sebastian. Sebastian watches over and protects Shiori, but at a price — he consumes her soul.

Kentaro Otani (Nana) and Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny, Karas, Asura) are co-directing the film. This will be the first time since Beck three years ago that Mizushima is starring in a film. Mizushima previously played another eminently capable butler inspired by a manga series in Mei-chan no Shitsuji.

The manga debuted in Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine in 2006, and its 16 volumes thus far have 15 million copies in print, including those published in 42 countries and territories. The manga already inspired a television anime series in 2008, a television anime sequel in 2010, and a stage play in 2009. The manga received the top prize in the shōnen manga category of France's Japan Expo Awards in 2010 and the Best International Manga Award in Germany's Animagic in 2011. Yen Press will release the 14th volume in the series in North America next month.

Source: Comic Natalie

Update: Yuka's credits corrected. Thanks, Ylunio

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