On November 30th, it was announced that Eita is going to star in the upcoming Fuji TV winter 2013 drama ‘Saikou no Rikon‘.
Eita is playing a just-divorced salesman who is still living together with his ex-wife. One day he happens to run into his now-married former girlfriend from his student days and feels attracted to her again. His ex-wife will be played by actress Ono Machiko, his former girlfriend by Maki Yoko, and the latter’s husband by actor Ayano Go.
This is going to be Eita’s second starring role in the upcoming winter season, which is an exceptional circumstance for any actor.
‘Saikou no Rikon’ is an original romantic comedy written by Sakamoto Yuji (‘Tokyo Love Story’, ‘Mother’). Sakamoto and Eita already teamed up last year for the drama ‘Soredemo, Ikite Yuku‘ (Fuji TV).
Eita is playing Hamasaki Kosei, a likable yet incapable salesman who is married to the very abrasive Yuika (Ono). They both seem to have a strained relationship with each other, therefore it’s no surprise that Yuika suddenly wants to get a divorce. At the same time, Kosei happens to run into his former girlfriend Akari (Maki) from his college days. Akari is married as well and is living in an open marriage with her freewheeling husband Ryo (Ayano). Aside from all the lover quarrels and some shocking secrets, the drama is going to depict the troubles of married couples and families in a light and easy way.
Off-screen, Eita married singer Kimura Kaela back in 2010, and the couple had their first baby boy. He commented, “When I heard that Sakamoto is writing a family-themed comedy, I was hoping that the timing would match with me, so I could play the role. I absolutely didn’t want anyone else to get this role and became really impatient.”
He just knew by intuition that this is going to be perfect, and the script confirmed his hunch. He added, “It’s nothing like any drama you’ve seen before!”
Fuji TV will broadcast ‘Saikou no Rikon’ every Thursday at 10:00 p.m. starting in January of 2013.