The Nikkan Sports and Sports Nippon newspapers announced on Wednesday that Hiromu Arakawa's (Fullmetal Alchemist) Silver Spoon farming manga will get a live-action film adaptation next spring. Sexy Zone band member Kento Nakajima (Bad Boys J, Kazoku no Uta) will star in the film as Yūgo Hachiken. Alice Hirose (35-sai no Kokosei, Zekkyō Gakkyū) will co-star as Aki Mikage. Ryūhei Ueshima (Kaibutsu-kun) will play the principal, Nakamura Shidō (Gatchaman, Beck, Death Note) will play Nakajima, the equestrian club adviser, and Tomohiro Ichikawa will play Hachiken's classmate Ichirō Komaba. Nakajima started filming in the city of Obihiro in Hokkaido on Saturday, and he also practiced horse riding and got experience working on a dairy farm to prepare for the role.
Keisuke Yoshida (Cafe Isobe, Triangle) is directing the film with the production companies TBS and Wilco (All About Lily Chou-Chou) and the distributor TOHO.
The Obihiro Tourism and Convention Bureau had posted a casting call for extras on a film project last month that would be shooting this summer in the Tokachi area of Hokkaido in and around Obihiro City. The film will was advertised then as a "portrait of teens set in an agricultural high school."
The anime adaptation of Arakawa's manga used Hokkaido Obihiro Agricultural High School as the model for the fictional Hokkaido agricultural high school. The anime adaptation is currently airing in Fuji TV's Noitamina late-night programming block. Aniplex USA licensed the series for home video, and Crunchyroll is currently streaming the series as it airs.
The original manga follows Yūgo Hachiken and his classmates at an agricultural high school in Hokkaido. Many of Hachiken's classmates are from farming families, but Hachiken is from the city and is not used to farm life. The manga won last year's Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize) award, last year's Booklog award, and this year's Shogakukan Manga Awards in the boys' category. The manga is currently running in Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday magazine and Shogakukan published the eighth compiled volume last month.
Just to make things clear, I DO NOT hate NakaKen, he's actually my favorite in SZ. I personally just don't want him being Hachiken.