Knights of the Zodiac (Saint Seiya), one of the most popular anime in history, will have its own live-action film, as confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter (via Collider), with details about the cast that will thrill some and will fill others with doubts on what to expect from the tape.
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The first confirmed actor is Mackenyu, son of the legendary Japanese actor Sonny chiba, and will give life to Seiya, the protagonist of the manga and its animated adaptation. Then we have Sean Bean, who has a long history but is best known for his role as Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – 91% and Ned Stark in the first season of Game of Thrones – 83%; he will play Alman Kiddo (Mitsumasa Kido), the one in charge of recruiting orphans who become Knights of the Zodiac.
Madison Iseman, who played Bethany in Jumanji in the Jungle – 76% and Jumanji: The Next Level – 83% will be in charge of interpreting Sienna (the name given to Saori in the United States), the reincarnation of the goddess Athena. We will also have Famke Janssen, whom many will remember for playing Jean Gray in the first three films of X Men, in an unknown role. The rest of the cast is made up of Nick Stahl, Diego Tinoco and Mark Dacascos. The project is directed by Tomasz Baginski, nominated for an Oscar in 2003 for his short film Katedra.
Saint Seiya is a manga created by Masami kuramada, is about a group of warriors known as the Saints of Athena, who are dedicated to defending the goddess from the forces of evil. It had an adaptation to an animated series in the 80s and at some point Hollywood tried to make a live-action but the project was canceled, we only had a fragment that you can see below, and of which it is said that the creator of the saga was very disappointed.
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Knights of the Zodiac, next to Dragon ball, The Super champions and sailor MoonIt was one of the series that was responsible for popularizing anime among young millennials; Despite the time that has passed, the Saint Seiya franchise continues to maintain millions of fans around the world, and just two years ago on Netflix we were able to enjoy the original series and the Hades Saga, as well as a 3D reboot that It was not to the liking of the fans, among other things because they changed Shun from Andromeda for a woman.
Anime or manga adaptations to the cinema have not had much luck, neither in Hollywood nor in Japan. In recent years we have seen the films of Attack on Titan – 55% and Fullmetal Alchemist – 44% – from Japan fail, and the fiascos made in the United States such as Dragonball Evolution – 14% and Death Note – 40% are famous. With La Vigilante Del Futuro: Ghost In The Shell – 44% it seemed that we were facing a different case, but when the film was released we discovered that the director and his team were only left with the superficial of Ghost in the Shell – 96% and they didn’t understand what made it a cult classic.
One of the most notable examples, which some consider the exception to the rule, is Battle Angel: The Last Warrior – 55%, based on the GUNMM manga, and directed by Robert Rodriguez. Although the story underwent major changes to establish a franchise from the first film, it remained as true as possible to its origins and many fans eagerly await the arrival of a sequel, although at the moment there is no information about it. .
For now what we know about the adaptation of Knights of the Zodiac it is very little, but it would be better to have low expectations so as not to be disappointed, or to be surprised when it is released. Being such a beloved franchise, we may have many waiting for more news about the project. To keep up to date, follow us on our social networks.
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