A couple of months ago the official Attack on Titan website announced that there will be two live-action film adaptation based on Hajime Isayama's popular manga to be release for 2015 premier. Storyboard artist and Tokusatsu effects movie guru Shinji Higuchi (Neon Genesis Evangelion) will direct the adaptation which will begin filming this year. Last week the director confirmed that the project will span two films. Both are slated to open next summer. The original manga author Hajime Isayama is supervising the new characters, story and the film’s formidable enemy.
Back in April, Haruma Miura (Shota Kazehaya in Kimi No Todoke) was named the lead of the live-action film. This time, a list of the other cast members was finally revealed: Hiroki Hasegawa (Shu Koibuchi in Princess Jellyfish),Kiko Mizuhara (The shaman in Trick The Movie: Last Stage),Kanata Hongō (Jōichiro Nishi in Gantz),Takahiro Miura (Hansuke Doi in Ninja Kids!!!),Nanami Sakuraba (Asumi Kamogawa in Twin Spica),Satoru Matsuo (Noboru Itami in Thermae Romae),Satomi Ishihara (Akane Ayukawa in Sadako 3D),Pierre Taki (Pierre in Linda Linda Linda),Jun Kunimura (Boss Tanaka in Kill Bill: Vol. 1),Shu Watanabe (Eiji Hino / Kamen Rider OOO in Kamen Rider OOO),Ayame Misaki (Escape in Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters), and Rina Takeda (Kei Tsuchiya in High Kick Girl!).
For those not familiar with the franchise:
The story of Attack on Titan takes place in a world where the remnants of humanity live inside a series of connected cities, isolated by enormous walls. These walls exist to keep the Titans out, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour humans seemingly without reason. These Titans have reduced the world's population to staggeringly low numbers. The 3 main protagonists of Isayama's manga are Eren Jaeger, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert. Their lives are changed forever when a "Colossal Titan" breaches the wall protecting their town, leading to the death of Eren's mother. Vowing revenge and to reclaim the world from the Titans, Eren, Mikasa and Armin join the Survey Corps, an elite group of soldiers who fight Titans outside the walls.
Both Funimation and Crunchyroll streamed the anime version of the manga as it aired in Japan, and Funimation released the first part of the series on home video this year.
In December 2013, along with the announcement that Shinji Higuchi would be helming the live-action Attack on Titan movie, came news that an early look at his take on the hit series would be coming from an Attack on Titan collaboration ad for the Subaru Forester. Check the ad spot below