The dust is still settling from the disappointment of the Ghost in the Shell movie a few weeks ago, but the entertainment industry machine rolls on. Netflix’s Death Note aside, the next big anime adaptation coming down the pipe is the Japanese Fullmetal Alchemist production, set to be released later this year. A very short teaser trailer was dropped late last year and revealed our first real look at the effects of the film.
One of the biggest questions was how a live-action Alphonse would look on the silver screen. An image of him was eventually revealed and I don’t think fans could complain too much about how accurate his appearance is. This brand new extended trailer was put online just a few days ago; it gives us a better look at some action moments and Edward’s full appearance.
The various incarnations of the series were all Japanese produced media, so a Japanese cast does make sense (that blonde wig on the actor playing Edward aside). They’ve avoided any white-washing controversy with an entirely Japanese cast. Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in a fictional world so I don’t think people can make too many claims of cultural appropriations. The settings of the series did have European visuals though, and they have been shooting in Italy to give the whole film a European aesthetic.
I know I’m preaching to the choir here… but for those of you who don’t know: Fullmetal Alchemist follows the tale of Edward and Alphonse; two brothers who try to use alchemy to resurrect their dead mother. The process goes horribly wrong ending up with Alphonse losing his entire body. To save his brother’s soul, Edward sacrifices his arm and binds Alphonse soul to a suit of armor that he then inhabits. The brothers go out on an adventure to find the mythical philosopher’s stone that will allow them to reclaim their lost body parts.
The Warner Bros. Japanese live-action production of Fullmetal Alchemist is set to come out in Japan on December 1, 2017. There are currently no announced plans for American or European releases… So stay tuned.