JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is all set to be turned into a live-action movie. The project is being undertaken by Warner Bros. and Toho. The film is likely to be shot in Spain and is scheduled to be released in Japan in 2017. The global launch of the film will be handled by Warner Bros.
Takashi Miike of Ichi the Killer fame has been named as the director of the film. The lead role of Josuke Higashikata will be played by Kento Yamazaki. He has previously worked in various other projects such as Orange and Your Lie in April. Ryunosuke Kamiki will play the part of Koichi Hirose. Other cast members of the film are Yusuke Iseya of Shinjuku Swan, who will play the role of Jotaro Kuo while Mackenyu is cast as Okuyasu Nijimura.
The story is based out of the city of Morioh and follows the adventures of Joestar family and their companion mystical entities called Stands. The movie focuses on Jōsuke Higashikata and his friends including Koichi Hirose. However, things get complicated with the arrival of Josuke’s nephew Jotaro Kujo. Josuke and Koichi survive various attempts on their lives including abductions. They are assisted by several other characters such as manga author Rohan Kishibe.
The live-action film is based on the fourth part of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga, Diamond is Unbreakable. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one the longest running manga series in Japan. It is placed second in all-time most popular manga series. It was started in 1987 and since then has been adapted into a number of animated movies, anime series and light novels. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has more than 95 million copies in print. Its TV anime series was named as one of the best of 2012 by Otaku USA.