The beloved manga series “Fullmetal Alchemist” has had quite a life beyond the pages. Though the original series ran from 2001 through 2010, it has produced two anime series — “Fullmetal Alchemist,” the loose adaptation, and “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” a more faithful retelling — a series of light novels, an audio drama, five video games and soon, a live-action adaptation, featuring an all-Japanese cast.
Now, Warner Bros. has released a first glimpse of the film in the form of a brief teaser trailer. Though there are no English subtitles, it features several shots of Ryosuke Yamada (“Assassination Classroom”) as Edward Elric and a promise from him to get “[their] bodies back.” The film co-stars Tsubasa Honda, Dean Fujioka, Misako Renbutsu, Kanata Hongō, Jun Kunimura, Kenjirō Ishimaru and more. Watch the teaser trailer below.
The film is directed by Fumihiko Sori. He previously directed the 2002 film “Ping Pong,” about the friendship between two high school table tennis players, that garnered him a Best Director nomination at the Japanese Academy Awards. He also directed “Vexille,” “Ichi,” “Tomorrow’s Joe” and “Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker.” He also worked on the visual effects for James Cameron’s “Titanic.”
“Fullmetal Alchemist” will be released in Japan sometime in 2017 courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.