When news of a live-action adaptation of a manga or anime is announced, fans take it with both excitement and awe, as over the years some titles have proven that it is better not to not touch it (Dragon Ball Z among others).
However, with the next adaptation of Knights of the Zodiac (Knights of the Zodiac in original version) – whose production seems to be being finalized, it seems that the project is on the right track, since Mackenyu (Pacific Rim – Uprising), the son of actor and Japanese legend Sonny Chiba (recently deceased following complications from COVID), will take on the role of Seiya, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
De son ct, Madison Iseman (Jumanji – The Next Level) is also contributing and will play the role of Sienna (Saori in our childhood anime), a young girl who struggles with the responsibility of harnessing the power of the goddess Athena. Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Snowpiercer) is, meanwhile, called interpreter Alman Kiddo, the recruiter and mentor who takes Seiya – orphan of the streets – the ultimate test to join and ultimately lead the Knights of the Zodiac. The young boy will have to go in search of the legendary armor of Pgasus, in the company of many other knights who use armor representing famous constellations.
The rest of the cast of the film ad consists of Famke Janssen (X-Men, Taken), Nick Stahl (Terminator 3), Diego Tinoco (On My Block) et Mark Dacascos (John Wick 3). Polish director Tomasz Baginski, animator and special effects specialist (The Witcher), Oscar nominee, is also expected to lead the project produced by Toei Animation and Sony Pictures.
The project seems to be in the works for some time and Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken (10 Cloverfield Lane) wrote the most recent version of the script. Finally, Andy Cheng, stuntman and Vtran martial arts choreographer, who was the combat coordinator on Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, served as the stunt and fight coordinator for the production, which was filmed in Hungary and Croatia.
The Knights of the Zodiac (Knights of the Zodiac, the name that has remained internationally) or Saint Seiya is a Japanese manga series created by Masami Kuramada that took place from 1986 to 1991 and has sold over 25 million copies. It was adapted into an anime by Toei Animation and has since become one of the most popular titles in Japanese anime culture. Recently, Netflix produced a 3D animated reboot called Saint Seiya – Knights of the Zodiac, which premiered in 2019.