I am partly expecting this guy to make me an offer that I can’t refuse.

Earlier today, the live-action Gintama film franchise’s Twitter account updated with a new cast confirmation and a key visual for Gintama 2. In a tweet, the account revealed that actor Jiro Sato will join the cast for the second film, and shared a visual that features Sato parodying The Godfather.

Gintama 2 Key Visual - Jiro Sato Introduction

Jiro Sato’s been active in the entertainment industry since 1995, when he made his debut as a JSDF helicopter pilot in Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. Since then, Sato’s gone on to star in numerous films and dramas, including Hana Moyu (2015, NHK), Death Note (2015, Nippon TV), Densha Otoko (2005, Fuji TV), and The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (2017, feature film). He also played Takeichi Henpeita in the 2017 live-action Gintama film.

Gintama 2 hits Japanese theaters on August 17.

Yūichi Fukuda will return to the director’s chair on the project and, like the first film, will write the script.

The confirmed cast members include:

  • Gintoki: Shun Oguri
  • Shinpachi Shimura: Masaki Suda
  • Kagura: Kanna Hashimoto

Ginama Live-Action Film Visual - Gintoki

The first Gintama movie opened in Japanese theaters on July 14, 2017. In its first six weeks, the movie managed to bring in 3.48 billion yen ($31,796,794.80 USD).

The Gintama films are based on Hideaki Sorachi’s manga of the same name. Sorachi’s original manga kicked off in the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump on December 8, 2003. The title’s final chapter will run in Weekly Shonen Jump on February 5. Ultimately, the title will span 73 collected volumes.

Several anime adaptations were produced, including four TV series, five OVAs, and three films.

Viz Media currently holds the license for the Gintama manga. Funimation will release the third anime season on Blu-Ray and DVD starting in March, and Well Go USA will ship the first live-action film on March 6.

Source: Twitter (gintama_film)