Hiro Mizushima Drops Down to 110lbs to Star in Live-Action "Black Butler"

Mizushima stars as Sebastian Michaelis opposite Ayame Goriki

In September 2010, Hiro Mizushima left his talent agency, Ken-On, to create his own independent agency called A stAtion and soon after won the 5th Popular Publishing Grand Prize for Fiction and a cash prize of 20 million yen for his debut work, titled Kagerou. The actor then took a break to focus on his writingThe "ikemen’" (good-looking) is now returning to acting to play the demonic Sebastian Michaelis in the live-action Black Butler.

Mizushima dropped down to 110 pounds (50kg) to capture the sharp features of the character from Yana Toboso's manga. He stars opposite 20-year-old actress Ayame Goriki, who has been cast as the original lead.

In a story set 130 years after the manga/anime (2020 specifically), Goriki plays the heir of the Phantomhive family legacy, though the character must assume a male identity to maintain the position. 

Kentaro Otani (live action NANA) and Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny) will be co-directing the picture. 

The movie has been shooting for a 2014 release.

via Comic Natalie


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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