Veteran actor Sean Bean makes a return to the fantasy genre with Zodiac Knights, a new live-action adaptation of 80s Manga and anime Saint Seiya. The well-known actor who has become an internet meme thanks to being known for the number of characters he plays that does not reach live in the second act, Boromir played in Lord of the Rings film, Ned Stark in the first season of Game of Thrones and has also appeared in numerous films such as Goldeneye, Troy and Martian, and are now all signed up to star in the live-action version of the Masami Kurumada property.
After being significantly delayed, according to The Hollywood Reporter, production is now almost wrapped up after being under development for a number of years. Sean Bean will play the founder of the Knights, Alman Kiddo, who is responsible for recruiting orphans Seiya and guiding him in a quest to conquer the Greek armor of Pegasus and choose a side in an epic battle. The original manga story follows The Saints, a group of warriors who draw their power from the zodiac signs and are entrusted with the protection of Athena, who has been reincarnated and threatened by other gods who want to take over Earth. The story was recently adapted for the animated series, Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac on Netflix.
Together with Bean, the project also has features Pacific Rim: Rising star Macyenyu in the role of Seiya, X men‘s Famke Janssen, Nick Stahl, and Jumanjiis Madison Iseman. The film also has a strong behind-the-scenes presence in Polish animator Tomasz Baginski, acting as director, following his successful executive producer role on Netflix The witch, and Andy Cheng, who recently worked on the epic battle scenes in Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings – which currently dominates the box office – is working on the film’s stunt choreography.
Zodiac Knights is not the first anime to adapt to a live-action form, although at the moment there seems to be a trend to the contrary, with many popular movies and TV series getting animated anime-style spin-offs, Among other things, The Witcher, Night of the Living Dead and Star wars just to name a few of the recent gluts of the animations. There’s also a Cowboy Bebop live-action series on the way to Netflix. When it comes to turning existing anime into live-action movies, the previous efforts have delivered a mixed bag of hits and misses with e.g. Death Note, Ghost In The Machine and Alita: Battle Angel to get praise from some and be hated by others.
Having Sean Bean on board the film will of course be a draw for the actor’s fans, especially when the title itself may not be as well known as some of the other fantasy films that come down the line, but the story’s stunning setting lends itself to some of the fantastic visual effects on the screen that made the audience flock to Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, and the more than skilled cast should be enough to ensure the film is a hit when it arrives. Let’s just hope it’s better received than the last Game of Thrones season, which Bean did not see. There is currently no premiere date for Zodiac Knights. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.
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