The Japanese entertainment publication Daily Cyzo have reported that a live-action film adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist is now undergoing fusion. Currently in development with plans for a Japanese release in 2017, this interpretation of Hiromu Arakawa’s action-fantasy manga series is being directed by Fumiko Sohori (below, left) of Ashita no Joe. And starring as Edward Elric, Ryosuke Yamada (below, right) of the live-action Assassination Classroom films is the first of the cast to be announced.
Filming is scheduled to take place between June and August of this year in Italy. And as you would expect, considering the franchise’s magic and monstrosities, CGI will be heavily used in the production stages to recreate certain elements such as Alphonse Elric’s armour.
Update: Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric has had some friends, and a few enemies too, added to the cast of the 2017 live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film. Here they all are as the list currently stands:
Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell
Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang
Ryuta Sato as Captain Maes Hughes
Yo Oizumi as Major Shou Tucker
Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust
Kanata Hongo as Envy
Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony
A kind fan on Twitter also put together this reference visual placing the actors beside their characters.
There have even been a couple of plot details released for the movie, revealing that the first half will be faithful to the story in Hiromu Arakawa’s original, but that the second half will follow an original story. However, out of concern for spoilers, no more of the story has been provided yet.