Photo/Illutration((c)2017 Hiromu Arakawa/SQUARE ENIX (c)2017 “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” Film Partners)

The much-anticipated live-action feature film adaptation of “Fullmetal Alchemist” will premiere on Dec. 1, the movie’s official website has revealed.

Also unveiled on the site is a new visual featuring protagonist Edward Elric’s younger brother, Alphonse, in full CGI.

Ryosuke Yamada, who plays Edward, said he felt sure that the live-action adaptation would be successful after seeing the CGI-rendered armor-bodied sibling.

“Staff and cast members who were all convinced that the original work could be adapted into a live-action film were brought together for the project, and our morale was given a boost,” said director Fumihiko Sori, who is now in the post-production stage.

“Fullmetal Alchemist” is based on a fantasy manga of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa serialized in Monthly Shonen Gangan comic anthology from 2001 to 2010. The comic series has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide.

In addition to Yamada, the star-studded cast include Tsubasa Honda in the role of Winry, Dean Fujioka as Mustang and Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust.

Director Sori’s past works include “Ping Pong.”

Visit the film’s official website at (http://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/hagarenmovie/).

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