In 2017, Warner Bros. is releasing a live aciton movie for the popular anime/manga series, Full Metal Alchemist! Today, via their official website, Warner Bros. began streaming the teaser trailer for the movie which stars the 23-year old Japanese actor, Ryōsuke Yamada, as lead character Edward (Ed) Elric. Al, Ed’s younger brother, is recreated via computer graphics. Ed will be 20 years old in the movie, although, he was originally 15 in the manga.
The Full Metal Alchemist Live Action movie releases Winter 2017 and will tell the entire story in just this one movie. The director of the movie, Fumihiko Sori, says “I want to create a style that follows the original manga as much as possible. The cast is entirely Japanese, but the cultural background is Europe. However, it’s a style that doesn’t represent a specific race or country.” Regarding the faithfulness of the adaptation, which has characters of non-Japanese ethnicity, the director said, “There will never be a scene in which a character says something that would identify him/her as Japanese.” Sori adds in a separate report he has a deep affection for the story that tells the “truth of living,” and said, “It is my dearest wish to turn this wonderful story into a film, and it is not an exaggeration to say that I am living for this reason.” He added that he “wants to create a wonderful film that uses techniques that challenge Hollywood,” and noted that nowadays Japanese filmmaking techniques have progressed greatly.
Joining Ryōsuke Yamada as Edward Elric, is Tsubasa Honda (live-action Blue Spring Ride’s Futaba) (pictured top right in the image above) as Winry Rockbell, and Dean Fujioka (pictured bottom left in the image above) as Roy Mustang. Other cast members include:
Fumiyo Kohinata as General Hakuro
Ryuta Sato as Maes Hughes
Misako Renbutsu as Riza Hawkeye
Natsuna as Maria Ross
Natsuki Harada as Gracia Hughes
Yo Oizumi as Shou Tucker
Jun Kunimura as Doctor Marco
Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust
Kanata Hongou as Envy
Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony
Kenjiro Ishimaru as Father Cornello
Below are images from the movie. The first is the official teaser image while the other three are from the movie’s filming in the Italian town of Volterra in June. The filming for the movie ended on August 26.