Saturday, August 07, 2010

Kenichi Matsuyama to star in "Usagi Drop"

The live-action movie adaptation of Yumi Unita's manga series "Usagi Drop" now has a cast. Kenichi Matsuyama (25) will play the lead role, supported by child actress Mana Ashida (6). SABU will direct.

The movie, first announced in June, tells the story of a young and awkward bachelor (Matsuyama) who begins raising a girl (Ashida) after he learns that she is the illegitimate child of his grandfather. This will be Matsuyama's first time playing a father figure.

Ashida, who debuted as an actress last year, has recently gained attention for her roles in the drama series "Mother" and the movie "Kokuhaku."

Other cast members include Karina (26) and Chizuru Ikewaki (28). Filming has already begun and is scheduled to finish during the middle of this month. Summer 2011 is being targeted for theatrical release.



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