Fumihiko Sori, Director of Warner Bros. Japan’s upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live-action, talked at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival about casting the film.
Crunchyroll reports that despite the world of Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist manga being inspired by European architecture and culture, Sori explained the need for an all-Japanese cast.
According to reports from eiga.com (translated by Crunchyroll) he said:
“The heart part of the original manga is perfectly Japanese, and the brother relationship between Ed and Al is also unique to Japanese. It may be possible to recreate the manga characters' visuals in a Hollywood's big-budget film, but the heart part must be shifted."
"I think it must be an ultimate choice to decide which part should be given priority. But focusing more on the soul part, we reached the conclusion that it must be very difficult unless they were played by Japanese actors.“
Fullmetal Alchemist was filmed in Italy earlier this year, and according to Sori, Italian fans were very vocal about casting Japanese actors, arguing, “because it was Japanese content.”
Reports said that the film’s Director mentioned that 21-year-old Atom Mizuishi, the voice of the CGI-created young boy trapped in a clad of armour, Alphonse Elric, was initially hired as a motion-capture actor.
“Initially, we planned to cast a famous person for the voice of Al. But the acting for motion capture by
Atom Mizuishi in a fighting scene was amazing and the dialogue between him and Ryosuke Yamada was
so fit with that between Al and Ed, so we couldn't replace him."
Fullmetal Alchemist follows magical alchemist brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who after an attempt to resurrect their mother goes horribly wrong, begin searching for a magical Philosopher’s Stone to restore their bodies. The series was adapted into two TV anime series, Fullmetal Alchemist and the more faithful Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the latter of which was produced by Studio Bones (My Hero Academia, Mob Psycho 100).
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