Live-action 'Attack on Titan' film casts lead role, sets filming location and start date

By Casey Baseel

Despite being filled with man-eating giants and heartless bureaucrats, people around the world can’t get enough of smash hit anime and manga "Attack on Titan." But while fans wait patiently for the rumored continuation of the animated TV series, production is moving ahead on the franchise’s live-action theatrical feature, which now has a filming location and an actor chosen to play Titan-hating protagonist Eren Yeager.

Tapped to play the leading role is singer-turned-actor Haruma Miura. Although the 23-year-old Miura is several years older than the teenaged Eren, the actor does have a proven track record in live-action versions of anime and manga, having previously appeared in adaptations such as high school gang story "Crows Zero II," high school yakuza story "Gokusen," high school romance "Kimi ni Todoke," and high school hacker thriller "Bloody Monday."

Thankfully, "Attack on Titan" fans probably don’t need to worry about Miura’s list of previous roles convincing producers to move the upcoming film’s setting from a walled city in a fantasy world to a posh boarding school in suburban Tokyo. The film lists Hajime Isayama, creator of "Attack on Titan" and the author of its original manga, as a supervisor for the project.

Producers have also decided on a filming location, with the crew headed to Hashima Island in Nagasaki Prefecture.

More commonly known as Gunkanjima, the island was originally the site of a coal mine and company town. When the mine was suddenly closed in the 1970s, families relocated to mainland Japan with such haste that the island’s dwellings became a ghost town almost instantaneously.

Gunkanjima has even been getting international attention these days. Aside from being used as the lair of the villain in the James Bond film "Skyfall," Gunkanjima has been at the top of was opened to the public in 2009, shooting to the top of desired destinations for many adventurers and urban ruin explorers (although if your schedule precludes taking a plane to Japan and a boat to the island, you can also tour it by Google Street View).

Producers say the live-action "Attack on Titan" is on track for a 2015 release, consistent with comments made when director Shinji Higuchi’s involvement was announced. Shooting is scheduled to start on Gunkanjima early this summer, and while we know it’s just a movie, we’ll still sleep better knowing there’s an ocean between us and the Titans.

Source: Jin

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Noooooooo. They're going to mess it up like the rest. Just noooooooooooooooooooooo.

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Lol, they didnt messed Rurouni Kenshin , or Uchu Senkan Yamato, dont get so negative, the only problem lies that Shingeki no Kyojin is over the top complicated to make into live action, and also another big problem to make Titans look the same as in Anime, they are showed as regular people who even smile at you, while eating you .

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It's just a movie, whether it exists or not depends on your belief. I for one will ignore it.

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hrrmmmm - not really sure i wanna see this movie. Just give us season 2 thanks

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So who are they gonna cast Caucasians?

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I thought only the main female character (what's her name?) is Asian, the rest of the characters are non-Asians. It will probably laced with CGI to distract viewers.

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So they pick the most effeminate "man" possible for the role... well done guys!

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The attempts to make Live Action versions of anime are absurd and silly. They will never work and are a waste of time and money.

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I thought only the main female character (what's her name?) is Asian She is half-Asian, and her name is Mikasa.

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Yeah I don't see how this film is going to work out. Japanese don't do well with CGI in their films and...it feels weird having the entire cast be Japanese when the only Asian in the series is Mikasa and she is only half Asian the rest are all European Caucasian.

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I thought only the main female character (what's her name?) is Asian

She is half-Asian, and her name is Mikasa.

Fixed the quote in my earlier post.

About the cast in the anime being European, except for Mikasa, I don't think it's a huge problem even though they use Japanese actors. Also in Thermae Romae movie the main actors were Japanese, even if they were supposed to be Roman.

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I haven't seen the series yet, but I have faith in Harucchi... I had the same feeling with Sato as Kenshin and they haven't fail me yet

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