Kento Yamazaki plays the protagonist in a live-action feature film based on the “Kingdom” manga and anime series, its official website has revealed.

The actor previously appeared in a special video celebrating the 10th anniversary of the original manga series.

“Kingdom” will hit cinemas nationwide on April 19.

Yamazaki is cast as Shin; actor Ryo Yoshizawa plays the dual roles of Eisei and Hyo; and actresses Masami Nagasawa and Kanna Hashimoto portray Yo Tanwa and Karyo Ten, respectively.

The film is directed by Shinsuke Sato, whose previous works include “Inuyashiki” and “Gantz.”

The original manga series started its run in the Weekly Young Jump manga anthology in 2006. Set in China’s Spring and Autumn and Warring States Periods in the third century B.C., the story centers around war orphan Shin who aspires to become the greatest general on earth.

The title won the Manga Grand Prix at the 17th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, hosted by The Asahi Shimbun.

Other cast members include Kanata Hongo as Seikyo, Shinnosuke Mitsushima as Heki, Masahiro Takashima as Sho Bunkun, Jun Kaname as Tou and Takao Osawa as Oki.

When the live-action film project was announced, manga author Yasuhisa Hara said in a statement that he also joined a team to discuss the screenplay.

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