Finally, it’s Al’s time to shine.

Earlier today, a press conference was held to celebrate the completion of the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film. At the event, the team announced that actor Atomu Mizuishi will play the role of Alphonse Elric in the movie.

Mizuishi was previously cast as the CGI actor for Alphonse in the film. Director Fumihiko Sori noted that he and Edward actor Ryosuke Yamada worked well together.

Alphonse’s anime actress, Rie Kugimiya, has already seen the film and praised Mizuishi’s performance. Original creator Hiromu Arakara offered similar praise for Ed and Al’s performances.

The live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film hits Japanese theaters on December 1. Fans who attend the screening will receive a “special-edition comic” by original author Hiromu Arakawa. The comic will be the first new Fullmetal Alchemist material that she’s written in seven years.

Fumihiko Sori (Ping Pong) was tapped to direct the feature. He commented on the adaptation process, stating that he wants “to create a style which follows the original manga as much as possible. The cast is fully Japanese, but the cultural background is European. That said, it’s a style that doesn’t espouse a specific race or country.” He continued on this train of thought, stating that “There will never be a scene in which a character states something that will define them as Japanese.”

The confirmed cast includes:

  • Edward Elric: Ryosuke Yamada
  • Winry Rockbell: Tsubasa Honda
  • Roy Mustang: Dean Fujioka
  • General Hakuro: Fumiyo Kohinata
  • Maes Hughes: Ryuta Sato
  • Riza Hawkeye: Misako Renbutsu
  • Maria Ross: Natsuna
  • Gracia Hughes: Natsuki Harada
  • Shou Tucker: Yo Oizumi
  • Doctor Marco: Jun Kunimura
  • Lust: Yasuko Matsuyuki
  • Envy: Kanata Hongou
  • Gluttony: Shinji Uchiyama
  • Father Cornello: Kenjiro Ishimaru

Source: Comic Natalie