Live-Action Bleach Film Reveals Cast for Rukia, July 20 Debut
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Hana Sugisaki (live-action Blade of the Immortal's Rin, Mary and The Witch's Flower's Mary, When Marnie Was There's Sayaka) will play Rukia Kuchiki in the live-action film of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga. Additionally, the issue revealed that the film will open in Japan on July 20.
The film will center on the "Substitute Shinigami Arc," the manga's first arc which ran from its first to eighth volume.
Shinsuke Satō (live-action Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer films, Oblivion Island anime film) is directing the film, and Sōta Fukushi (live-action Strobe Edge's Ren Ichinose, live-action Kami-sama no Iu Toori's Shun Takahata) stars as protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki.
Kubo launched Bleach in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2001, and ended it in August 2016. Viz Media published the manga in North America digitally in English as Shueisha published new chapters in Japan. Viz Media is also publishing the manga in print.
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