Everything that is related to Knights of the Zodiac o Saint Seiya is usually marked by more rumors than certainties. From the possible animations of manga not yet adapted to anime, to the recent announcement about his live action film. Although the original saga aired in the late 1980s, the franchise continued to advance through different stories. That means that, even today, it maintains an active group of followers.
The main novelty was produced through The Hollywood Reporter, a medium that exclusively reported that there will be a live action movie of The Knights of the Zodiac and that it has even started filming in countries like Croatia and Hungary. In other words, it is no longer just an intention. The media detailed both the studios involved and part of the cast that is in production and the director responsible for the project.
That also implies a risk: few are the adaptations that manage to generate unanimous satisfaction in the audiences. Between ineffective scripts and bad acting, several of them have passed without generating much joy. One of the most recent announcements in relation to this type of productions was that of Avatar: The Last Airbender, a story that will also have another live action, after a first failed attempt. There is still a long way to go to assess the adaptation of The Knights of the Zodiac, but it is now possible to get an idea of the film.
What is known about the live action movie
of The Knights of the Zodiac?
According to information from The Hollywood Reporter, the film already has a director, studios involved and part of the actors that make up the cast.
The studies involved
Toei Animation and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions are the companies in charge of the production and distribution of the live action. Toei Animation, in particular, has a long tradition with the Saint Seiya franchise. This company, perhaps the most popular in terms of adaptations and distribution of animated series, has already dealt with projects such as Los Caballeros del Zodiaco: La saga de Hades, a story that served to clarify several issues that were pending after The saga of the Sanctuary and others, which were also under his management.
What can be intuited from this? Part of the seriousness with which the project is approached: the company that always managed the rights and distribution of the stories of Los Caballeros del Zodiaco now wants to develop live action. Having Sony Pictures as part of the gear is no small feat. That can serve to explain part of the cast, with several actors who already have a long history in Hollywood.
The actors of the live action of The Knights of the Zodiac
At the moment, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast is made up of young actors and others with more experience in the industry.
The Japanese-American actor will play the protagonist of The Knights of the Zodiac, Seiya. Mackenyu’s acting career began in 2005. Since then, he has been involved in a wide variety of television and film projects. Perhaps his most resounding participation in a movie is his time at Pacific Rim: Uprising (Steven S. DeKnight, 2008). However, in terms of manga-anime-live action, he was also part of the adaptations of Samurai X, Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning (Keishi Ohtomo, 2021) and Rurouni Kenshin: The Final (Keishi Ohtomo, 2021).
The American actress, who has already been part of projects such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Jake Kasdan, 2017), will play Sienna. Who is she, in the story of The Knights of the Zodiac? Within that mythology, it does not exist. Nevertheless, Sienna will be the name with which Saori will be replaced.
The actor who played Boromir in The Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson) and “Ned” Stark in the first season of Game of Thrones will also be present in this live action of The Knights of the Zodiac. This time, Bean will play Alman kiddo, the name with which it will refer to Mitsumasa Kido, who in the original story of Saint Seiya rescues Saori Kido, who later turns out to be Athena. Within the classic story, he is responsible for taking care of the golden armor of the Knight of Sagittarius.
Other actors involved in live action, according to The Hollywood Reporter, are Famke Janssen, Nick Stahl and Diego Tinoco. About Tinoco, the aforementioned media indicates that he will play someone hired to kill Sienna. Within the classic story, they could be referring to Ikki, the Phoenix Knight, who revealed himself to the order of the moment. However, about these actors their final role has not yet been announced.
Synopsis, director and scriptwriters of the live action
from The Knights of the Zodiac
According to the aforementioned medium, the synopsis of the live action film of Los Caballeros del Zodiaco goes through these sides:
“When a mystical energy known as Cosmo awakens in him, Seiya embarks on a journey to conquer the ancient Greek armor of Pegasus and choose his side in a supernatural battle for the fate of Sienna, a young woman struggling to control her divine powers.” .
Judging by how much this suggests, it is valid to suspect that the story will focus on the Galactic Tournament, one of the first sections addressed in the anime. An important detail regarding the names involved in the project is Andy Cheng, a historical figure in combat choreography. Cheng has already taken care of that work on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Destin Daniel Cretton, 2021).
This whole group of actors and staff involved is directed by Tomasz Baginski. Baginski was recognized in recent months for his work behind the special effects of The Witcher. The script was developed by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken.