Lupin the Third live action film confirmed, releasing summer 2014!
It’s finally happening! Filming for the official live action Lupin movie began in Japan during last month. A further two weeks of shooting will take place in Thailand during the new year.
The film is set for release summer next year and sees all five of the main cast in the spotlight. Monkey Punch himself, while not looking to be directly involved with the film, has given his blessing and states that he is pleased with the casting.
Here is a quotation from the article posted up on Anime News Network earlier today:
Monkey Punch’s Lupin III manga and anime franchise is getting a live-action film adaptation in summer 2014 starring actor Shun Oguri (Captain Harlock, Hana Yori Dango, Gokusen, Space Brothers). Oguri underwent 10 months of action training for the role, losing 8 kilograms (about 17.6 pounds).
Additional cast members include Meisa Kuroki (Space Battleship Yamato , Crows Zero II) as Fujiko Mine, Tetsuji Tamayama (NANA, Casshern) as Daisuke Jigen, Gou Ayano (Ushijima the Loan Shark, Rurouni Kenshin, Helter Skelter, Bunny Drop) as Goemon Ishikawa, and Tadanobu Asano (Thor, 47 Ronin) as Detective Koichi Zenigata.
Ryuhei Kitamura (Godzilla: Final Wars, Azumi) is directing the film, and Mataichiro Yamamoto (Crows Zero, Azumi) is writing the script.
The movie will chronicle how the five main characters meet and how they become the “Lupin Crew.”
The film will also include an original character, Lupin’s nemesis named Michael Lee, who will be played by Jerry Yan (Meteor Garden), a member of the Taiwanese popular group F4. Other cast members include South Korean actor Kim Joon (South Korean Hana Yori Dango) and Thai actor Thanayong Wongtrakul (The Man from Nowhere).
The live action film has been rumoured for quite some time now. Like it or not, this time it appears to actually be happening! We can only hope that this will be part of an exciting year for Lupin fans in 2014, with a rumoured TV series also in the works.
We will keep you up-to-date with any news regarding the film as it happens.