WB Japan's Live-Action FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST Film Casts Atomu Mizuishi As The Voice Of Alphonse

Anime fans wanted original voice actor Rie Kugimiya to also portray the character in the live-action movie but that's not going to be the case.

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Anime fans had been holding out hope that the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie would cast Rie Kugimiya as the voice of the younger Elric brother, Alphonse aka Al, but it seems WB Japan has gone another direction and have updated the film's website to reveal that Atomu Mizuishi will be voicing the fan-favorite character. WB Japan auditioned 100 voice actors for the role before settling on Mizuishi.   

Rie Kugimiya, who voiced Alphonse in both the 2003 and 2009 anime adaptations reportedly had high praises for Kugimiya's performance according to the film's director, 
 Fumihiko Sori.  The film opens wide in Japan on December 1, following its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 25.

The full cast for the film features:
  • Ryōsuke Yamada plays as Edward Elric.
  • Tsubasa Honda stars as Winry Rockbell.
  • Dean Fujioka costars as Roy Mustang.
  • 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 (pictured bottom right in image to the right) as Lust
  • Kanata Hongou as Envy
  • Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony
  • Kenjiro Ishimaru as Father Cornello
The first Fullmetal Alchemist television anime began airing 2003 and spawned a 2005 sequel film, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa. In 2009, a second anime series, which adhered more closely to the manga, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, premiered and was also followed by a sequel film, 2011's Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos.

According to director Fumihiko Sori (live-action Rurouni Kenshin trilogy), the film will attempt to adapt Nobuhiro Wastsuki's entire Fullmetal Alchemist manga series in one movie. The manga series is 28 volumes long.  In comparison, the Rurouni Kenshin manga series is 27 volumes and WB Japan split that series up into three films.

Sori also revealed that Edward Elric will be 20-years-old in the film, whereas he's 15 in the manga and anime.  The film shot on location in Italy for two months before wrapping production in Japan.
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