“Full Metal Alchemist” live action movie set for 2017

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The popular manga and anime Full Metal Alchemist is gearing up for a live-action film adaptation set for 2017.

The original story by Hiromu Arakawa revolves around the Elric Brothers, who search for a philosopher’s stone to restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life using alchemy.

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The live action film will be directed by Fumihiko Sori (Ping Pong, Vexille) and will star (above) Ryosuke Yamada (Assassination Classroom‘s Shiota Nagisa and member of  J-Pop boy band Hey!Say!JUMP!) as lead protagonist Edward Elric.

Shooting begins in June in Italy and will run through August for a 2017 release date in Japan.

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