Saint Seiya live-action movie cast adds Sean Bean, Famke Janssen, and more
Saint Seiya has grown into one of the biggest animated series after its debut in the 1980s, and Hollywood is ready to jump into IP. Not too long ago, a report was released detailing the industry’s plans for live action on Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya. The project has finally found a cast, and it includes stars like Sean Bean and Famke Janssen.
The report comes from The Hollywood Reporter as Commerce recently learned of the casting. Bean and Janssen will be joined onscreen by Mackenyu, Madison Iseman, Nick Stahl, Diego Tinoco and Mark Dacascos. According to the report, the project is “coming out of packaging production,” so the film is more advanced than fans knew.
As for the team, Tomasz Baginski was tasked with directing the film. Fans will know the Polish creator for his animation and special effects work on shows like The witcher. Toei is producing the film with assistance from Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Andy Cheng will act as the fight coordinator after his work on the latest Marvel film. You can find his work in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ring of Tenthat’s in theaters now.
Little is known about the film in an official capacity, but this report suggests Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya will be an origin story. Mackenyu will play Seiya, the main hero of the franchise. The film will follow the boy after he awakens a rare cosmic power, forcing Seiya to fight literal gods. He will be introduced to a girl named Sienna who struggles to control her own powers, and Seiya will have to decide whether to kill her or protect her as forces beyond their control implode.
For those who don’t know Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, the series began in 1986 under the direction of creator Masami Kurumada. The title, which was released by Shueisha, ran for four years and spawned years of anime. Saint SeiyaThe fantasy story of was one of the first to gain popularity overseas in the 90s, and its film took a long time to arrive. More recently, Knights of the Zodiac came to life with the anime Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya in 2019 as a reboot of the series.
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