On Thursday, the official website for Carl Erik Rinsch’s upcoming big-budget Hollywood adaptation of 47 Ronin was updated with the announcement that actor and former KAT-TUN vocalist Jin Akanishi has been cast in the movie.
The announcement goes on to say that this will mark Akanishi’s Hollywood debut and touts his huge popularity with Japanese youth.
Akanishi will play Chikara Oishi, son Hiroyuki Sanada’s character Oishi and a sworn friend of Keanu Reeves’s character Kai.
He participated in an audition in Hollywood, where he showed extraordinary passion for the role through his sword fighting and horse riding training. Rinch heaped on the praise, stating that Akanishi is the only one who could play Chikara.
“47 Ronin” will be released in November 2012.
via Cinema Today