The Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist film finally premieres this December, but we still don’t know who Alphonse Elric is… until now. The staff have finally revealed who plays the younger Elric brother, and he’s non other than Atomu Mizuishi. He previously appeared in several anime-based musicals, including The Prince of Tennis and Seraph of the End. The stage actor also earned that role, as he beat out about 100 other prospects for it.

The staff is recording Alphonse’s movements in CG for the film through motion capture. As it turns out, Mizuishi is also acting as Al’s motion capture actor. So when we see the film, it’s not just Mizuishi voicing the character, but is also the one who did his movements.

Mizuishi’s performance as Alphonse also garnered much praise to two people important to the character. Al’s original anime seiyuu, Rie Kugimiya, as well as Fullmetal Alchemist creator, Hiromu Arakawa, already saw the film. They seem to love the actor’s performance and praised him. Kugimiya said that director Fumihiko Sori did the correct choice in actor for her previous character, while Arakawa not only praised Mizuishi, but also Edward’s actor, Ryousuke Yamada.

The film stars Ryosuke Yamada as the one and only Fullmetal Alchemist himself, Edward Elric. It will premiere on 1st December, and will also star:

  • Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell
  • Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang
  • Ryuuta Satou as Captain Maes Hughes
  • Yo Oizumi as Major Shou Tucker
  • Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust
  • Kanata Hongou as Envy
  • Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony
  • Misako Renbutsu as Riza Hawkeye
  • Natsuki Harada as Gracia Hughes
  • Jun Kunimura as Doctor Marco
  • Fumiyo Kohinata as General Hakuro
  • Natsuna as Maria Ross
  • Kenjiro Ishimaru as Father Cornello

In an earlier interview, Director Fumihiko Sori revealed that unlike live-action film adaptations of popular manga titles like Rurouni Kenshin, Attack on Titan, and Chihayafuru, they will be telling the story of the Elric brothers in only one stand-alone film. This movie also promises to stay loyal to the source, so one might wonder how they will fit all of that story material in one feature-length film.

Source: Comic Natalie