The live-action adaptation of the much-loved manga and anime “Fullmetal Alchemist” is well underway. Warner Bros. Japan already released a teaser trailer to the upcoming film, whetting fans’ appetites as it showed just enough to intrigue the casual Fullmetal enthusiast. Now, a new poster for the film has been revealed by the studio.
The new theatrical “Fullmetal Alchemist” poster features the two brothers, Edward and Alphonse, together, looking exactly as you’d expect them. Decked out in their iconic garbs, the brothers gaze out at the scenery ahead of them. The poster offers a sense of foreboding — as on one half, the background is bright and optimistic, and on the other half of the poster, you have a darkness, a storm, perhaps, rolling in.
Set in an Edwardian-style world where alchemy is a science, and State Alchemists work for the government, “Fullmetal Alchemist” centers on brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who as children turn to the forbidden human transmutation to try to resurrect their death mother. That effort goes horribly wrong, destroying Alphonse’s body and severely injuring Edward, who then sacrifices his arm to rescue his brother’s soul and bind it to a suit of armor. Becoming State Alchemists, the brothers set off in search of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone to restore their bodies.
Serialized in Japan from 2001 to 2010 and collected in 27 volumes, “Fullmetal Alchemist” has sold 65 million copies worldwide. The manga has inspired two anime adaptations, 2003’s “Fullmetal Alchemist” and 2009’s more faithful “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” video games, light novels and a pair of animated features.
Starring Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric, Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell and Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang, “Fullmetal Alchemist” opens in December in Japan.