Just announced — rising star Haruma Miura has been cast as the lead role of Eren Yeager for the Attack on Titan live action movie. Filming is to begin this summer on Gunkanjima.
Gunkanjima (also known as Hashishima) is a uninhabitated island 15 kilometers (9 miles) off the coast of Nagasaki. The island was known as a source for coal. It was originally opened in 1868 by Prince Nabeshima of the Hizen province, under the name of the Takashima Mines (one of the mines was located on Takashima).
Miura is a singer and actor who has appeared on television, film and stage. Previous works include Ren Kazama in the live action Gokusen (TV/2008), Kotaro Mochizuki in Samurai High School (TV/2009), Tatsuya Bito in Crows Zero II (film/2009) and in the Shinkansen produced stage production of Goemon Rock III: Zipang Punk.
Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) is originally a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. It began serialization in Kodansha’s monthly publication Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in September, 2009.
The story of Titan centers around Eren Yeager, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert, whose lives are changed forever after the appearance of a Colossus Titan brings about the end of the safety within the high walls of their hometown and the end of many people’s lives, including Eren’s mother. Vowing to take revenge, Eren enlists with Mikasa and Armin in the Survey Corps., a militia specifically trained to take the offensive against the Titans.
Attack on Titan won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2011.