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A Naruto Live-Action Movie Is Still Happening, According To Casting Details

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BY May 18, 2020
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A Naruto live-action movie casting call confirms that the movie is still very much underway. The classic anime is one that has helped shape the medium’s popularity all over the world. Naruto is such a fan-favorite that the series even spawned a sequel in Boruto. The manga-creator, Masashi Kishimoto, announced years ago that a Naruto live-action movie was in the works at Hollywood. However, in recent years there have been very few updates on the status of that project. Recently, reliable news-breaker DanielRPK found a casting call that confirms that the project is going forward.

Naruto Is An Anime That Has Seen Global Popularity

Naruto live-action movie casting lead. Images via Pierrot.

The Naruto anime original premiered in 2002 and ended 5 years later with a total of 220 episodes produced. Since then, the show has become one of the more popular anime of its time. Fans love the anime series for its idealistic themes and hilarious comedy. The show is also one of the few action anime that is appropriate for kids. Similar anime like Dragon Ball was popular with youth as well, however, the violence and humor were a lot more adult than many preferred. Naruto’s lead character also had an endearing story and a likable personality, causing fans to invest in his story that much more. 

Naruto is about the titular young boy whose father passes away while trying to protect his village. With a mysterious power within him, it’s the boy’s desire to become a ninja leader of his village, like his father before him. His pursuit of becoming his village’s greatest ninja takes him on many adventures with his peers. The story is split into two parts; one focuses on Naruto’s pre-teen years, while the second part sees him as a trained teenage ninja. Naruto is so popular in the West that Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan even collaborated on a Naruto clothing line with the Coach brand.

The Naruto Live-Action Movie Casting Call Reveals The Type Of Actors Needed

Naruto live-action movie casting cast.

A few years ago, Naruto’s manga creator announced the story’s adaptation into a Hollywood movie. Now, a recent casting call reveals that the project is progressing in its development. The exclusive report came from DanielRPK where he broke down exactly what the casting call listed for the movie’s main leads, supporting actors and villain. The description for the lead and supporting actors called for two Asian males and one female. The other supporting actors and villains are also meant to be of Asian descent. After the confirmation that the Naruto live-action movie is still in development, the biggest takeaway is really the fact that the studio is set on an all Asian cast. This should alleviate some concerns that fans may have for the live-action version. 

Most live-action adaptations of popular anime have regularly been miscast with Caucasian actors in roles that were clearly Asian in the source material. Most notable of these incidents were the casting of Goku in the live-action Dragonball Z movie, and the casting of Scarlett Johansson as Major in the Ghost In The Shell live-action movie. Some other live-action anime currently in various stages of production are Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop and an Akira movie that feels like it’s been in perpetual development for years. 

The Makers Of The Naruto Live-Action Movie

Naruto live-action movie casting action. Images via Pierrot.

The Naruto live-action movie has Jonathan Levine on board, writer of movies like the cancer-dramedy 50/50, and the zombie rom-com Warm Bodies. The movie’s director is Michael Gracey, who previously directed Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman. No confirmation yet on when the Naruto live-action movie will release. 

Are you excited now that the Naruto movie is finally underway? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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