The official website for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Ansatsu Kyoushitsu/Assassination Classroom manga announced today that 20-year-old Korean actress Kang Ji-young is playing Irina Jelavić, the professional hitwoman who becomes a part-time foreign language teacher in class 3-E. This is her first film work.
Ji-young is known as an ex-member of KARA, one of the most successful Korean pop girl groups. After leaving KARA in April of this year, she signed with Japanese talent agency Sweet Power, and is currently playing Yukime in the live-action TV drama adaptation of the popular horror comedy manga in 1990s, Jigoku Sensei Nube/Hell Teacher Nube created by Sho Makura (story) and Takeshi Okano (art).
As the fans of the manga know well, Irina is a Slavic Caucasian with blond hair. Judging from the photos
released to the Japanese media, Ji-young is at least showing her best cosplay as Irina, though we don't
know about her acting yet. She is said to be fluent in Japanese and English. Do you agree with this casting?
(C) 2015 Yusei Matsui/Shueisha
(C) 2015 Yusei Matsui/Shueisha, Movie "Ansatsu Kyoushitsu" Production Committee