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Saint Seiya: The Beginning Shares Action-Packed Trailer

The Saint Seiya manga by Masami Kurumada is receiving a live-action adaptation called Saint Seiya: The Beginning that will be hitting Japanese theaters on April 28. It will be released in other countries sometime this year. A trailer has dropped.

According to Yoshi Ikezawa, a producer at Toei Animation, they want to make six movies out of this live-action franchise and are talking about possible sequels. The movie has revealed its main cast: Mackenyu, Madison Iseman, Sean Bean, Famke Janssen, Nick Stahl, Diego Tinoco, and Mark Dacascos. It’s being directed by Oscar-nominated Tomasz Baginski. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions is involved along with Toei, and Sony will be in charge of distributing the movie in most parts of the world.

The Hollywood Reporter gave this description for the movie’s plot:

“In what is labeled an origin story, Mackenyu is starring as Seiya, a street orphan and the title hero of the franchise. When a mystical energy known as Cosmo awakens in him, Seiya embarks on a journey to conquer the ancient Greek armor of Pegasus and choose his side in a preternatural battle for the fate of Sienna (Iseman), a young girl who struggles to control her godly powers.

Bean plays a mentor named Alman Kiddo, a man who recruits Seiya into the Knights order, which he founded when he discovered the reincarnated goddess. Tinoco is a man hired to kill the vulnerable goddess.”

The original Saint Seiya manga, which has about 35 million copies in print, ran between 1986 to 1990. But the end of its publication clearly did not mean the end of the franchise. There have been spinoff manga, and more than one anime adaptation for TV and movies. The CG anime Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Battle for Sanctuary – had its second season debut last year, and a third season has been promised.

Source: ANN


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