30 Mar – "Fullmetal Alchemist" is joining the throng of popular Japanese manga series being adapted into live-action feature films.
Singer-actor Yamada Ryosuke is set to star in the movie adaptation as the main character Edward Elric, according to Tokyo Otaku Mode.
The original manga series, written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa, was published from 2001 to 2010. It spawned two anime series, "Fullmetal Alchemist" and "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood".
It has also been adapted into animated feature films, "Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa" (2005) and "Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos" (2011).
No details yet on who will be directing and acting in the upcoming movie, apart from Ryosuke.
This will not be the first time for the member of Japanese idol group Hey!Say!JUMP to lead a manga-to-live-action adaptation, as he also played the main role in the 2015 movie "Assassination Classroom" as well as its 2016 sequel, "Assassination Classroom: Graduation".
The live-action "Fullmetal Alchemist" movie is scheduled for release in 2017.
(Photo source: RT ur Yamada Ryosuke/ Twitter)