Ghost in the Shell is getting the best kind of Exile!
Last night, Nikkan Sports confirmed that EXILE performer Naoki Kobayashi (better known by stage name NAOTO) will make his voice acting début in the upcoming Ghost in the Shell: New Movie Edition. Kobayashi will voice Osamu Fujimoto, a new character that serves as the prime minister’s son and chief of staff.
Fujimoto will be a key figure in the film. He’s the individual that authorizes Major Kusanagi for her first major mission, and a vital part of the formation of Public Security Section 9.
Kobayashi is no stranger to the stage. In addition to being a dancer for Super-group Exile Tribe, Naoto is the leader of the Sandaime J Soul Brothers. He’s held several roles on stage and in live-action dramas that include Last Cinderella and SPEC ~ First Blood.
Japanese film site Eiga tweeted out a brief confirmation, as well as a promotional photo:
— 映画.com (@eigacom) April 14, 2015
Rough! Translation: [Movie News] EXILE’s NAOTO supports heroine Motoko Kusanagi in his first voice acting role as the Prime Minister’s Aide in “Ghost In The Shell” http://eiga.com/l/sYUaA # movie #eiga
Ghost in the Shell: New Movie Edition will open in 105 Japanese theaters on June 20. The film is a prequel to the franchise, which aims to explain the origin of Public Security Section 9, while fleshing out Motoko Kusanagi’s past.
Two key visuals and a promotional video for the film in recent months, which you can check out below.