Naomi Watanabe, Keiko Kitagawa cast in live action The Promised Neverland film

What’s up, J1 Fans! Got a bit of new info to share with you. The staff for the live action adaption of The Promised Neverland announced two new additions to the cast. Actress Keiko Kitagawa (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon’s Sailor Mars, Paradise Kiss) has been cast as Isabella and comedian Naomi Watanabe will portray Krone. Kitagawa has read Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu’s manga and commented that it is an interesting story. She also said that adapting a manga to live action is difficult for any actor. Luckily, director Hirakawa will not change Isabella’s age or character.

L to R: Rihito Itagaki as Norman, Minami Hamabe as Emma, Jyo Kairi as Ray

The roles of The Promised Neverland’s main cast will star 19-year-old actress Minami Hamabe (live-action anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day special’s Menma, live-action Saki film’s title role, Hello World film’s Ruri Ichigyō) as Emma, 13-year-old Jyo Kairi (live-action My Little Monster and Erased) as Ray and 17-year-old Rihito Itagaki (Show By Rock!! stage musical) as Norman.

Yuichiro Hirakawa and Noriko Gotou, who have worked together previously on the live action Eraser film, reunite as director and script writer respectively for The Promised Neverland. The film will open in Japan on December 18.

The Promised Neverland has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since August 1, 2016, with the individual chapters collected and published by Shueisha into seventeen tankōbon volumes as of January 2020. The story follows a group of orphaned children in their escape plan from an orphanage. It was adapted into an anime by CloverWorks premiered from January to March 2019 in the Noitamina programming block. A second season will premiere in October 2020.