The official website for the upcoming Kingdom stage play revealed the four main cast members who will play Li Xin, and Ying Zheng, on Aug 21, 2022.
Hiroki Miura and Akira Takano has been cast to play the protagonist Li Xin. Ying Zheng will also be played by two actors, Yuta Koseki and Hikaru Makishima.
A brand new poster visual was also revealed along with the announcement. The visual features the four cast members along with February 2023 premiere date.
Kingdom stage play will open at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo. The play will adapt the first 5 volumes of the manga.
The website has also revealed the staff involved in the stage play adaptation of Kingdom:
- Director: Kazuya Yamada
- Scriptwriter: Bunou Fujisawa
- Music: KOHTA YAMAMOTO
- Production: TOHO
Kingdom is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhisa Hara. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump since January 2006, with its chapters collected in sixty-five tankōbon volumes as of June 2022.
Kingdom provides a fictionalized account of the Warring States period primarily through the experiences of the war orphan Xin and his comrades as he fights to become the greatest general under the heavens, and in doing so, unifying China for the first time in 500 years.
The series was adapted into a four-season anime television series by studio Pierrot. The first season of 38 episodes aired from June 2012 to February 2013. A second season aired for 39 episodes from June 2013 to March 2014. A third season by Studio Signpost and Pierrot aired for 26 episodes from April 2020 to October 2021.
The fourth season premiered in April 2022.
A live-action film was released in April 2019; a sequel film premiered in 2022. The franchise is reportedly getting a third live-action film.
As of June 2022, the Kingdom manga had over 90 million copies in circulation, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time. In 2013, the manga won the Grand Prize of the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.
Source: Comic Natalie
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