The live action adaptation of the popular tale of bakumatsu ronin Rurouni Kenshin has been officially confirmed, with actor Takeru Sato cast as in the titular role of Himura Kenshin.
The series originally ran in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1994 until 1999, and proved to be a major hit with sales of 50 million over 28 volumes, soon being adapted into a long-running anime series. The franchise’s highpoint was doubtless the generally excellent series of animated movies this in turn spawned.
The live action movie, the first in the franchise, will be directed by Otomo Keishi and produced by Warner Brothers Japan.
The decision to pick Takeru Sato for the lead role was lauded by the original mangaka Watsuki Nobuhiro (who reports that at the start of the project when he asked his wife who would be best for the role, the first name to pass her lips was that of Takeru Sato), hopefully suggesting the movie will meet a better fate than the majority of anime-to-live-action adaptations.
The movie is expected to be released in 2012.