Arashi’s Sakurai Sho (30) and AKB48’sOshima Yuko (23) will appear together in a television drama for the first time. In April,TBS plans to air a 3-episode miniseries, and Sakurai and Oshima have been cast in the first episode.
The miniseries, titled “Blackboard ~ Jidai to Tatakatta Kyoushitachi~,” revolves around teachers in different time periods having to deal with the problems of that era. For example, the first episode stars Sakurai as Shirahama, a junior high school teacher who taught his students about “dying for your country” during wartime. After later losing his right arm in the war, he returns to teaching but is burdened and conflicted by what he taught his students in the past.
Oshima will play one of Shirahama’s colleagues, an English teacher. She becomes an eventual love interest for him, though it seems to develop into a love triangle with his older brother’s wife (Miyazawa Rie).
This is the first time that an AKB48 member has appeared in a drama starring an Arashi member [A/N: Actually, this is the first time an AKB48 member has starred in a drama with an Arashi member. Kojima Haruna appeared as a classmate in Yamada Tarou Monogatari]. Filming will take place between February and March, but it is said that initially their schedules were so busy there was only one day when they were both available. However, their schedules were later adjusted, and the production team gave up on filming on location (due to the time required just to travel) and instead constructed a nearly 2,000-square-meter set in Yokohama that reportedly cost 100 million yen.
In preparation for the role and start of filming in late February, Sakurai will meet with a representative of Japan's Self-Defense Forces, as well as cut his hair short to resemble the officers of the day.
The second episode of “Blackboard ~Jidai to Tatakatta Kyoushitachi~” will star Sato Koichi (51) as a teacher during the 1980s having to deal with school violence. Shida Mirai (18) will play a delinquent student, and Kanjiya Shihori (26) will play another teacher at the school.
The cast for the third episode has not yet been finalized.
TBS plans to broadcast “Blackboard ~Jidai to Tatakatta Kyoushitachi~” over three consecutive nights in April.
Sources: Tokyograph | Sports Hochi | Sponichi Annex | Sankei Sports | Sanspo
Looking forward to this. XD But Sakurai with short hair?? D:
Looking forward to the acting between Oshima and Sakurai.
Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sho-chan!!! おめでと♪(*⌒ー⌒)o∠★:゜*PAN
What a great announcement the day before your birthday (it was announced Jan 24, 2012).