The Bleach live-action movie is set to be released into Japanese theaters on July 20th, 2018. Following the announcement of 24-year-old Sota Fukushi, who was Gentaro Kisaragi in Kamen Rider Fourze, the official Bleach live-action movie website has released an image of their female protagonist Rukia Kuchiki, who is being portrayed by 20-year-old Hana Sugisaki, who is best known as Rin Asano from Blade of the Immortal and Mary from Mary and the Witch’s Flower. Now, these two have previously co-starred in the 2014 film In The Hero and 2016 TV Drama Montage.
Sugisaki has said,”In order to play Rukia, who is a powerful and pure Soul Reaper, I read the original manga over and over again and also watched the anime. I examined Rukia in my own way to prepare for the character. Since I have already worked with Fukushi-san in some other films, I felt relieved from the first day of the shooting. While Ichigo and Rukia are human and death characters in this story, I thought they have hearts, after reading through the screenplay. I fell in love with them whose existences are supporting each other and becoming stronger. I think I was able to feel that way because Fukushi-san was with me. I believe the friendship between the two that I actually felt at the sets will surely reach the hearts of this film’s audience.”
主人公・黒崎一護とともに物語のキーパーソンとなる、?悪霊・虚〈ホロウ〉を葬る死神・朽木ルキア役に、2017年の映画賞を総なめ?✨ 2018年最注目女優? #杉咲花 さんが決定❗ 女子高生姿＆死神姿のビジュアル初披露?
— 映画『BLEACH』公式 (@bleach_moviejp) February 4, 2018
The live-action film is being directed by Shinsuke Sato, who directed the films GANTZ and I Am a Hero. The film was announced back in August 2016, with principal filming being held September-November of that year, which meant the film needed a lot of post-production work. Warner Brothers Japan has confirmed that the release date will be July 20th, 2018. The story of the adaption is going to be based on the “Substitute Shinigami” arc that is told in the manga’s 1st to 8th volumes.
Here is the visual of Sota Fukushi as Ichigo Kurosaki:
— 映画『BLEACH』公式 (@bleach_moviejp) July 6, 2017
And here is the teaser trailer for the film: