Former AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda joins the cast of the upcoming Eight Ranger 2 film. She will star alongside with boy band Kanjani8, who will play the titular hero team.
Maeda will play the role of Jun Saigo, a weekly magazine reporter who is looking into recent rash and mysterious disappearances in Eight City. Thinking that the Eight Rangers may somehow be involved in the situation, Saigo begins a penetrating investigation into their personal affairs.
Eight Ranger 2 takes place 5 years after the events of the first film. In the sequel, our heroes must protect Eight City from a new menace.
This comedy action film is directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi, who also worked on the first film. The film promises to ramp up the comedy even further but expect some emotional scenes, especially in the film's climax.
Eight Ranger 2 is set for a Summer 2014 release.