Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu’s The Promised Neverland manga is getting a live-action film adaptation, and it will star Saki’s Minami Hamabe as Emma. Starring alongside her as the main trio are Rihito Itagaki as Norman and Jiyo Kairi as Ray.

While Jiyo Kairi is 13 years old and pretty close to the age of his character from the manga and anime, Minami Hamabe is 19 while Rihito Itagaki is 17. Because of this, the staff decided to change the ages of the characters from 12 to 16. However, it isn’t clear if this applies to young Kairi’s character as well.

Minami Hamabe, who also played Menma in the live-action AnoHana, as well as the titular Saki from the live-action Saki film, is a self-professed fan of the manga. In fact, she owns several copies of it, both digitally and physically. As a fan herself, she vowed to do her best for everyone who loved the manga.

Here is how Viz Media describes the manga’s story in English:

Emma, Norman and Ray are the brightest kids at the Grace Field House orphanage. And under the care of the woman they refer to as “Mom,” all the kids have enjoyed a comfortable life. Good food, clean clothes and the perfect environment to learn—what more could an orphan ask for? One day, though, Emma and Norman uncover the dark truth of the outside world they are forbidden from seeing.

Yuuichirou Hirakawa (live-action ERASED) is directing the film. It will premiere sometime in winter 2020.

source: Livedoor News