Fans of Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) will rejoice as the popular manga will be getting a live-action adaptation in the form of a feature length film.
The manga, created by Toboso Yana, is set in Victorian era Europe where a young boy loses everything he cares about due to an evil plot. At the moment of his death, he strikes a deal with a demon. He gives up his soul in exchange for revenge.
Ciel Phantomhive, now more wiser, has become the head of the Phantomhive corporation. He handles everything for the corporation as well as the “off-the-books” work for the Queen of England. His new partner, Sebastian Michaelis, is a demon and Ciel’s butler whose ability and skill as a butler is only surpassed by his demon strength.
The story follows the two as they work to discover the secrets behind Ciel’s parents’ murder, and the horrible things that happened to Ciel immediately after the murders.
The live-action film differs a bit from the manga, as it will be set in an unspecified Asian city in the year 2020 where western and eastern cultures have intermixed.
Ayame Gouriki Signs On
It was revealed today that Japanese IT girl & actress Ayame Gouriki has signed on to act in the movie. Hiro Mizushima has also signed on, and hopes this will be his “comeback movie” after taking a 3 year hiatus to write novels.
Ayame Gouriki will play Shiori Genpo (main character’s name has been changed for the film), a young woman who disguises herself as a man, and is the demon butler’s master. The butler will be played by Mizushima.
On the announcement, Gouriki was quoted saying, “I’ve been thinking about how to prepare for this role. I’m nervous. Playing a woman who dresses and acts as a man can be challenging. The live action will be a bit different than the manga; I want to make sure that I express the proper emotions for the story.”
Fans will have to wait patiently for the movie however. Filming only just began, and the release date is scheduled for spring of 2014. In the meantime, Ayame Goriki has just announced the opening of her official twitter account at @Ayame_Goriki. Despite just a single tweet in her history, she has managed to snag over 22,000 followers in less than 10 hours.
5/16/13 Update: It was announced earlier today that Mizuki Yamamoto will also play a role in the film. She will take on the role of a clumsy maid “Rin”. The character is based on the manga character Mey-Rin.
Source: Natalie.mu (Japanese)