The live action version of one of manga’s most widely read and respected manga is in the works. Tomorrow’s Joe (Ashita no Joe), which I’ve also seen referred to as “Champion Joe”, is set to be released as a live action film in the Spring of 2011.
The cast is set as follows.
The lead role of Joe Yabuki will be played by popular young actor Tomohisa Yamashita.
Danpe Tange will be played by veteran versatile actor Teruyuki Kagawa.
Toru or Tohru Rikiishi will be played by Yusuke Iseya.
Yoko Shiraki will be played by former fashion model Karina.
Mammoth Nishi is set to be played by actor and voice actor Katsuya, pictured below.
And for those of you unfamiliar with Tomohisa Yamashita, I have embedded a video of him below in an old tv drama called “Kabachitare” which is Hiroshima dialect for “Idiot” (please correct me if I’m wrong… I’m not extremely familiar with Hiroshima-ben). Karina who will be sharing the big screen with him is the woman in the video as well, so you can check their chemistry.