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Live-action Bleach movie in development at Warner Bros.

Will star Japanese actor Sota Fukushi

Following rumors yesterday that the long-running manga and anime series Bleach was going to receive a live-action adaptation, Warner Bros. confirmed today that it was indeed developing the project.

The film, which is scheduled to be released sometime in 2018 in Japan, will be directed by Shinsuke Sato (The Princess Blade, Gantz) and will star Japanese actor Sota Fukushi in the main role. Based on the manga, Bleach follows a high school student, Ichigo Kurosaki, after he comes into possession of the ability to reap souls. With the newfound powers, Ichigo must protect the human race from evil spirits and help those that have recently died move into the afterlife.

The news was announced in the most recent edition of Shonen Jump, a weekly magazine that carries different manga series. The anime ended its original run back in 2012, but the manga has inspired four animated films over the years and the comic series is still ongoing.

There’s no word from Warner Bros. on if it plans to bring the film stateside at this time. More information can be found on the official website.