Kanjani8 boy band member Ryuhei Maruyama will be playing against type in a TV drama adaptation of Kengo Hanazawa's Boys on the Run. The manga follows a 30-year-old, lovelorn capsule toy vendor who takes up boxing to win the girl. However, Hanazawa (Ressentiment, I Am a Hero) has won accolades for disturbing story stories of losers, and this one certainly doesn't feature a cute romantic sports story.
Ryuhei Maruyama says of the role, “I feel that I can relate to the protagonist Toshiyuki Tanishi. My face also turns red when I become nervous.” He also expressed, “I’ve been given this chance, so I will give it everything I have! I want to run with ‘Boys on the Run’!”
Airi Taira will play Tanishi’s gym trainer Hana Oiwa, Akina Minami will play Chiharu, and Takumi Saito will play Aoyama. Tatsuya Ueda (KAT-TUN), Takanori Jinnai, Eriko Sato, and Miyoko Asada will also star.
TV Asahi will air the drama Friday nights from 11:15 pm starting in July. The 2010 live-action movie adaptation of Boys on the Run is currently streaming on Netflix.