Warner Brothers today made their official announcement that a live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist is in the works, with a view to a Japanese premiere in winter 2017. There was already word by late March that the film was being made, starring the live-action Assassination Classroom‘s Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric. But then his friends and enemies started joining in, after the reveal of a hint towards the film’s plotline.
Newly attached as Winry Rockbell, there’s the live-action Blue Spring Ride‘s Tsubasa Honda (pictured top right), with Dean Fujioka (bottom left) of the live-action Happy Marriage!? added alongside as Roy Mustang. The further cast list as it now stands reads as follows:
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 (pictured above, bottom right) as Lust
Kanata Hongou as Envy
Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony
Kenjiro Ishimaru as Father Cornello
Filming is scheduled to begin in Italy at the start of June, and wrap up in Japan in the latter half of August, directed by Ashita no Joe‘s Fumihiko Sori. Speaking about adapting Arakawa’s original manga, Sori said “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.”
He also said he couldn’t yet reveal details on how Alphonse will be presented, only that he’s confident fans will be satisfied. However, it has previously been revealed that CGI will be heavily used to recreate certain fantastical elements, such as Al’s armour.