Live Action Fullmetal Alchemist Movie: What We Know so Far

It was announced a couple of months ago that Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist would be receiving a live action movie adaptation.  Since the original post, more details have come out about the film.

We know that the film was slated for release in Japanese theaters in the Summer of 2017; however, that has now been pushed back to the Winter of 2017. We also know that they have cast Yamada Ryosuke in the role of Edward Elric. Ryosuke has some acting experience as he has previously starred in the live-action adaptation of Assassination Classroom, playing Nagisa Shiota.  Outside of that, we had no additional information on the movie until now.

According to the director, Fumihiko Sori, the Fullmetal Alchemist‘s story will be told in one singular movie as opposed to the two-part system used for most other live action adaptations.  The director also noted that Edward Elric will be 20 years old in the film rather than 15 years old like he was in the manga. Sori went on to explain his deep affection for the Arakawa’s story and has said the following about it:

“It is my dearest wish to turn this wonderful story into a film, and it is not an exaggeration to say that I am living for this reason. I want to create a wonderful film that will use techniques that challenge Hollywood”

Sori also mentioned that the film will be using a different kind of CG technique that will utilize it in areas where the audience may not normally see it.  He encourages us to watch the film to see these new techniques for ourselves.  In addition to these details, the cast has been revealed.

The Cast

  • 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 as Lust
  • Kanata Hongou as Envy
  • Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony
  • Kenjiro Ishimaru as Father Cornello

In addition to the live action adaptation, the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise has spawned two anime series, a manga, seven different light novels, action figures and various video games and audio drama CDs.

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Josh (or J.J. as some have come to call him), is a long-time geek culture enthusiast with a deep passion for anime, manga and Japanese culture. Josh also has a Bachelor of Arts in Game Design and is a creative writer who has created original content for over 20 years! He is also the author of the original English light novel Final Hope.