The official website for the live action “Bleach” movie has just announced the actors to fill the roles of Renji Abarai, Uryu Ishida and Byakuya Kuchiki. Ryō Yoshizawa, who played Sogo Okida in the live-action “Gintama” film, will portray the Quincy, Uryu Ishida. Taking on the role of Squad 6 lieutenant Renji Abarai is Taichi Saotome, who starred on the film “Crows Explode” (based on the manga Crows by Hiroshi Takahashi) as Ryōhei Kagami. Portraying Captain of Squad 6, Byakuya Kuchiki, is MIYAVI. MIYAVI performed the theme song for the live-action “Blade of the Immortal” film.
The live action Bleach movie will be directed by Shinsuke Sato (GANTZ, I Am a Hero), which will be based on the “Substitute Shinigami” arc in Volumes 1-8 of manga. Warner Brothers has set a released date of July 20 for Japanese theatres. Sota Fukushi will be playing Ichigo Kurosaki and Hana Sugisaki will portray Rukia Kuchiki.