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Erika Sawajiri replaced in Live Action ‘Space Battleship Yamato’

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on October 1, 2009

Space Battleship Yamato

Erika Sawajiri

Erika Sawajiri

From TrekWeb.com

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Erika Sawajiri, a local tabloid fave for a series of headline-making scandals, has been replaced as the female lead of the upcoming Japanese science fiction live action movie Space Battleship Yamato, according to Japan press reports.

Her replacement is Meisa Kuroki, who starred in Takashi Miike’s two “Crows” high school gang movies.
Based on Leiji Matsumoto’s classic anime (titled Star Blazers in the US), the live-action Yamato is being produced by broadcaster TBS and its partners. Shooting is schedule to start in mid-October, with release by Toho in December 2010.
The director is Takashi Yamazaki, whose credits include the pics “Always” and “Ballad,” a time-traveling fantasy that has done strong-if-not-stellar box office since its September 5 release. The male lead is Takuya Kimura, member of the pop group SMAP.

Meisa Kuroki

Meisa Kuroki

Plus, a new anime movie, titled Space Battleship Yamato Rebirth Chapter, is also in production for a December 12th 2009 release in Japan.

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