The official website for the live-action film of Sui Ishida’s body horror manga Tokyo Ghoul announced the two leading cast members today. Masataka Kubota, the TV live-action Death Note‘s Light, is portraying the tragic protagonist Ken Kaneki, and Fumika Shimizu, the HK/Hentai Kamen live-action’s Aiko, co-stars as Toka Kirishima, alias “Rabbit”.
The film is directed by Kentaro Hagiwara, and principal photography will be taking place from July to September, with plans for its opening in Japan next summer. Ishida first released Tokyo Ghoul in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2011 to 2014, and is now writing Tokyo Ghoul:re, whose seventh compiled volume announced the live-action movie with its June 17th release. VIZ Media publish the series in English, and they give the story the following summary:
Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way – except their craving for human flesh. Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body – eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.