Warner Bros. Japan has debuted a fast-paced — if, alas, brief — new teaser for the live-action adaptation of “Fullmetal Alchemist.”
The footage depicts the attempt by young brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric to use the forbidden human transmutation to resurrect their dead mother. As fans of Hiromu Arakawa’s popular action-fantasy manga, and its hit anime adaptation, well know, that effort goes horribly wrong, severely injuring Edward and destroying Alphonse’s body. Edward then sacrifices his arm to rescue his brother’s soul and bind it to a suit of armor.
Set in an Edwardian-style world where alchemy is a science, and State Alchemists work for the government, “Fullmetal Alchemist” follows the Elric brothers’ search for 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.
Filmed in Italy from June to August, the live-action “Fullmetal Alchemist” stars Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric, Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell and Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang. The movie is set for release in December 2017 in Japan.