Actress/model/singer Erika Sawajiri (Shinobi: Heart Under Blade, cast but later dismissed for the the female lead in Space Battleship Yamato) will play the lead in the live-action adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki’s Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize-winning manga Helter Skelter. The one-volume josei (older female audience) work concerns an actress/model/singer who falls apart physically and mentally as a consequence of excessive plastic surgery.
The movie will be directed by Mika Ninagawa, who previously handled the live-action adaptation of Moyocco Anno's Sakuran.
“I have wanted to make the ‘Helter Skelter’ movie even before I made ‘Sakuran’,” she said. “I have never waited for something this long in my entire life, and I am really excited that I will be able to start filming this finally.”
Ninagawa also revealed that she aspired to cast Sawajiri particularly for this movie. “I can’t think of anyone else who could play this character, a character that possesses both the astonishing fragility and the impudent toughness of a woman, other than Sawajiri Erika, who kept receiving cheers and boos in turns.”
Sawajiri herself commented, “I was shocked by the original work, and have wished to play ‘Ririko’ for a very long time. ’Ririko’ is a worthwhile role; people around me even say that this would suit me well. I can’t wait to see how I would be infected in the Mika world. Since it will be the work where I’ll be starring alongside great cast members and working with first-class staff members, I would like to face this challenge and work the movie with them. I’m fired up enough. I, Sawajiri, will make a serious effort as an actress.”
Aside from Sawajiri, Nao Omori , Shinobu Terajima, Kiko Mizuhara, Anne Suzuki, Susumu Terajima, Sho Aikawa, Yosuke Kubozuka, Mieko Harada, and Kaori Momoi have been cast.