Show biz reporter Masaru Nashimoto, 64, was dealt a surprise blow recently when the leading lady for his upcoming film on disgraced actress-singer Noriko Sakai, "Setsuna,” announced the day before the press conference that she would be pulling out of the role.
Based on a book Nashimoto released last month and scheduled to hit cinemas in late January, “Setsuna” was to feature former Takarakuza star Emao, 42, as Sakai, 38, amid the events leading up to her arrest for possession and use of illegal stimulants.
However, Emao suddenly called Nashimoto last week and withdrew from the film. The president of her agency said: “Her manager approved her part too quickly. More consideration should have been given as the film covers some serious social issues.”
Director Masao Kasahara, 55, rushed to find a replacement and actress Shion Machida, 37, agreed to the part on the day of the press conference. Nashimoto said: “Sorry about the confusion.”© Japan Today