PLOT: "When they were little, Edward Elric (Ryosuke Yamada) and younger brother Alphonse's mother passed away. The brothers attempt to revive their mother and perform a human transmutation which is taboo in alchemy. Their attempt fails. As a result, Edward loses part of his body and Alphonse loses his whole body. Edward sacrifices another part of his body to affix Alphonse's soul to a body of armor. Edward goes on to become an Alchemist. He sets out on a journey to find the “Philosopher's stone,” which has the power to get back what they lost." (asianwiki.com)
Yes, you read that right - FULL METAL ALCHEMIST has been adapted in “live action”, with the feature film scheduled for a 2017 premiere in Japan by Warner Bros.!
Directed by Fumihiko Sori, based on Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa, you can view the above teaser in higher-res on the official film site @ wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/hagarenmovie.
I wonder if there’ll be any “uproar” about the film’s main characters being Japanese-male with blond hair, in lieu of the story’s Caucasian-blonde-haired-male (*thinks Scarlet Johanssen as “The Major” in GHOST IN THE SHELL … different fan base, I guess?). On adapting the source material, Director Fumihiko Sori has this to say;
"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." (animenewsnetwork.com)
The casting list (via) shows the characters to be featured in the film, which apparently combines ALL stories into a single film. Having been a fan of the “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” anime, I cannot wait for this incarnation, regardless of accuracy to the source material - I have always the DVD to go back to hahaha
Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell
Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang
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
Above is a BTS-pic of the filming in the Italian town of Volterra in June, featuring Ryōsuke Yamada (Hey! Say! JUMP member and live-action Assassination Classroom's “Nagisa”) as “Edward Elric”.