It was previously revealed this past spring that Abe is starring with Ueto Aya in the movie, which is based on a critically acclaimed manga by Yamazaki Mari. Abe stars as Lucius, a bath house architect in ancient Rome who slips through time to modern Japan, where he finds inspiration for bath house designs. Ueto plays Mami, a young woman aiming to become a manga artist.
Ichimura has been cast as Hadrian, the 14th Emperor of the Roman Empire. Kitamura plays Ceionius, a potential successor to the throne. Shishido has been given the role of Antoninus, a close associate of Hadrian who later succeeded him as Emperor.
“Thermae Romae” opens in theaters in 2012.