Roles were selected from the ranks of the Niigata-based idol group by an audition process
Crunchyroll previously reported on how members of the Niigata-based idol band NGT48 would be starring in an upcoming live-action TV drama based on the Higurashi When They Cry sound novel series. Which members would participate in the drama was to be determined by an audition process.
The auditions are now complete, and the NGT48 members and their roles in the upcoming drama include:
Minami Kato as Rena Ryugu.
Rika Nakai as Mion Sonosaki and Shion Sonosaki.
Reina Seiji as Satoko Houjou.
Hinata Honma as Rika Furude.
Rie Kitahara as Miyo Takano.
And Moeka Takakura as the Mysterious Girl.
The live-action Higurashi When They Cry TV drama is directed by Toru Otsuka and Tarô Miyaoka with series composition by Toru Hasegawa. The series will air on the BS SKY satellite channel every Friday at 9PM JST beginning in May of 2016. The show's producers state that they hope to deliver "an extreme horror experience unlike anything on terrestrial television" with Higurashi When They Cry.
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