Three photos from the set of the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film have been posted by the Italian newspaper La Nazione. While two of them simply show the beautiful backdrop of Volterra, the Italian town where the film’s now shooting, another catches Ryosuke Yamada in costume as Edward Elric.
Filming began in early June, and is planned to wrap up in Japan in the latter half of August, with a view to the film’s Japanese premiere in winter 2017. After Yamada, who previously played Nagisa in the live-action Assassination Classroom, was announced as the film’s lead back in March, more cast soon followed, with the live-action Blue Spring Ride‘s Tsubasa Honda attaching as Winry Rockbell, and Dean Fujioka of the live-action Happy Marriage!? as Roy Mustang. The extended cast list was previously announced by Warner Brothers Japan.
Speaking about adapting Hiromu Arakawa’s manga, director Fumihiko Sori has 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.” In a recent interview with Oricon, he revealed further details about the film’s production and characters. He’s also previously stated his certainty that viewers will be satisfied with how Alphonse is portrayed in particular. Though he couldn’t give any more details, word has it that CGI will be heavily used to recreate Al’s armour for the film.