Ready for your first fullmetal look at the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist‘s Al? Well, ready or not, he was just revealed today, as the film’s official website announced its opening date. The film will open in Japan on December 1st, and in addition, Comic Natalie reports that the CG Alphonse Elric is quite the innovation. He was built employing certain techniques put to use for the first time ever in the Japanese film industry. Take a look. He’s all shiny and new.
After we got our first glimpse of the action in store in a trailer released in November, the official website confirmed that the feature based on Hiromu Arakawa’s original manga would be released in December 2017. The staff celebrated by displaying Roy Mustang’s costume, the very same worn by Dean Fujioka of the live-action Happy Marriage!? on set, at the Warner Brothers Japan booth for last year’s Tokyo Comic Con. However, it was conspicuously without those old white gloves of his.
Here’s that teaser trailer from November, when both loveable brothers were first seen by waiting fans. Ryosuke Yamada is resplendent in Edward Elric’s red coat, and there’s another brief flash of Al in full CG.
The text in the trailer reads “Two brothers’ great journey. The legend… Finally begins.” Then Yamada speaks his first line to waiting fans: “I promise I’ll get our bodies back.” The official website previously displayed this still from the film.
Filming began in Italy in early June, and wrapped up on August 26th. Italian newspaper La Nazione captured Yamada on set and in costume as Ed. 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, including Fujioka as Roy Mustang, and the live-action Blue Spring Ride‘s Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell. The extended cast list was previously announced by Warner Brothers Japan.
Speaking about adapting 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.”