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Gallery: Here's Your Live-Action Attack On Titan Movie Cast

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Anime/manga hit gets the live-action treatment in 2015

Attack on Titan is the biggest international pop-culture phenomenon the anime/manga scene has produced in years, inspiring everything from cosplay to cafes to Subaru commercials. So a live-action movie adaptation? Not exactly a huge surprise - in fact, this one has been in development since 2011, with current plans being to split it into two features for release this coming Summer.

Now, the principal (human) cast of the film has been revealed in their live-action forms as a set of character posters released through Japanese news sites Sanspo and Eiga; which include familair series characters like Eren Yeager and Mikasa along with new characters created for the film. The posters also offer fans a first look at the characters costumes and weaponry, some of which is similar to the series while other elements are notably divergent in style.

No imagery of the Titans themselves have yet been released, and it is not known whether they (or the world of the film, for that matter) will diverge in any significant way from the aesthetic of the originals. In both the manga and anime, the Titans are typically depicted as enormous, mishappen humanoids often boasting exaggerated limbs and jaws; while others are further deformed up to and including a lack of skin.

A gruesome fusion of body-horror, giant-monster and retro-futurism genres, Attack on Titan is set in a world where humanity lives in walled-off nations following a mysterious attack a century earlier by immense, people-devouring human-like giant called Titans. When the monsters return after a long absence, a special force of young soldiers is deployed to defend humanity from them by utilizing "Vertical Maneuvering Equipment" that uses rockets and cables to let fighters make long, controlled leaps through the air to combat the Titans.

The two Attack on Titan features are expected to release this coming Summer in Japan. Shinji Higuchi, a former FX and Gainax anime veteran who scored a huge hit with 2013's Lorelei.

Sources: Sanspo, Eiga

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Titans are just giant zombies...
then again, the masses will eat up anything zombie related, because zombies...

but I'm still looking forward to this because titans...

Why is there a rocket launcher in picture 2? correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think there are any such weapons in Attack on Titan, also a bow and arrow? why? that would be useless against titans, unless you wanted to blind them, but with the size of an arrow compared to a Titan's eye, it doesn't seem like it would do much, the cast looks pretty good though

I kind of which someone like Warner or Paramount had picked it up for the live action. Even with cost cutting measures like filming in Quebec City/Montreal instead of Europe coupled with using 3rd and 4th pier actors instead of big name ones, it seems like a movie that would need at least 75 million to be both honest to the source material and look the part. Japanese studios just don't have either the budget or the audience to support a movie like that on their own. And lets face it, we all wanted to see Sir Patrick Stewart play Pixis. I mean hell some people already looked up some of the perfect 'fits' for some roles.

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Still, I'll be waiting for this with some anticipation. I'll probably have to set my corn level to "super sentai" level though. I have my doubts the cg will be at a level I can take seriously.

Though it seems Mikasa will have one of the things which make her stand out disappear. Being the daughter of the last Asian isn't going to be adapted, that's for sure. The aesthetics are also probably going to be very different, most likely modern urban decay due to the budget issue.

I'll be keeping an eye on this one.

Oly J:
Why is there a rocket launcher in picture 2?

My money's on the setting being more modern, the fall being some time in the late 20th/early 21st century (despite that not making any sense if the origins of the titans remains the same). The main reason is probably budgetary.

Am I the only one that doesn't care about AoT movies AT ALL? I just want Season 2, I need to know how the story continues, and follow the characters I've grown attached to. Isn't it a little early to start spin-offs?

Oly J:
also a bow and arrow? why? that would be useless against titans, unless you wanted to blind them, but with the size of an arrow compared to a Titan's eye, it doesn't seem like it would do much, the cast looks pretty good though

I believe that is meant to be Potato Girl- I mean, Sasha Braus. She comes from a hunting village. She actually uses the bow and arrow against a 2m titan to save a little girl when she doesn't have her gear by blinding it.

MiskWisk:

Oly J:
also a bow and arrow? why? that would be useless against titans, unless you wanted to blind them, but with the size of an arrow compared to a Titan's eye, it doesn't seem like it would do much, the cast looks pretty good though

I believe that is meant to be Potato Girl- I mean, Sasha Braus. She comes from a hunting village. She actually uses the bow and arrow against a 2m titan to save a little girl when she doesn't have her gear by blinding it.

I see, I have to admit it's been a while since I watched Attack on Titan, I haven't even seen the dub yet, but the one stroking the rocket launcher looks like it might be one of my favourites, who bizarrely I've forgotten the name of, you know the one though, the Titan-scientist woman, I really hope they keep personalities intact

Tar Palantir:
Am I the only one that doesn't care about AoT movies AT ALL? I just want Season 2, I need to know how the story continues, and follow the characters I've grown attached to. Isn't it a little early to start spin-offs?

Same here. I just can't understand why they don't make season 2. There's enough material in the manga. Arguably I could just go read the manga, but I don't like the format and prefer anime...

The problem with live action adaptions of any animation is getting actors that look like the characters. Often they make attempts such as prosthetics to get them to look more like their drawn counterparts, but this often makes it look worse and pushes it into the uncanny-valley. When that's the case it's often best not to bother trying at all, especially when they'll be using Japanese actors to fill the roles of European characters.

Alexander Kirby:
The problem with live action adaptions of any animation is getting actors that look like the characters. Often they make attempts such as prosthetics to get them to look more like their drawn counterparts, but this often makes it look worse and pushes it into the uncanny-valley. When that's the case it's often best not to bother trying at all, especially when they'll be using Japanese actors to fill the roles of European characters.

I completely forgot about that. But you're right, the entire cast is actually European with the exception of Mikasa who is half Asian. It's usually pretty easy to forget that as the characters are all Japanese in anime (notable exceptions exists such as Gundamn). This is actually a rare moment when filming in the West would be more accurate to the cast.

On the other hand, the last time Hollywood tried to adapt an anime, we got Dragonball Evolution. Whereas the last time I saw an anime adapted by a Japanese film company, it was the Rurouni Kenshin live action film, which was great. And I think I would take that slight inaccuracy in exchange for a good movie.

Anyway, this looks fairly accurate, but I wonder about the effects on the Titans and the story and such. That can make or break the film.

I thought Mikasa was special because there were so few Asians around. Is this like Justin Chatwin as Goku? (In a broad sense - almost nothing is as bad as that.)

[Ninja's by Saltyk]

It's funny how attached we can become to certain actors in roles. Can you imagine another Gandalf than Sir Ian McKellan? First choice was Sean Connery. Keanu Reeves as Neo? First choice was Will Smith. Harrison Ford as Han Solo? Try Al Pacino.

In the end it's less about the actor's face and more about the character's portrayal. If they can stay true to the character's essence, we'll overlook a lot.

This looks...interesting. I'm not going to make any judgements based on just these shots, but I am a little disappointed that they're going for a more modern look rather than the high-tech Medieval look of the origianl, which I really like.

Still, it's good that we've got crazy Titan Scientist Lady (I think), and the guy with the axe looks pretty cool.

The addition of Japanese named characters is an interesting one. I always understood that the most of the cast in the manga was European, more specifically somewhat German based on the names. I can understand the Japanese actors, yet the names bug me a bit.

The modernized setting doesn't fit me well either. The fall of humanity by giant naked people becomes less and less convincing the further towards the present you go. I also feel it takes away from the animalistic hunter-prey feelings the titans create, what with the extra technology to use against them. Basic titan fighting is very straightforward: get close, cut them, don't get eaten. You have to get close to them to beat them and that's terrifying.

I'm hearing a whole lot of complaining here, if you'd like I can call Michael Bay and see if he'll be interested in picking up the rights to this? we could get the location changed to New Jersey, Shia LaBeouf as the hero? Mark Walberg as the Titans? or you could stop fucking complaining and enjoy an anime adaptation not being destroyed by an american studio? Sound good now? :)

Based solely on that fucking terrifying car commercial, I'm really looking forward to seeing what this develops into.

Saltyk:

Alexander Kirby:
The problem with live action adaptions of any animation is getting actors that look like the characters. Often they make attempts such as prosthetics to get them to look more like their drawn counterparts, but this often makes it look worse and pushes it into the uncanny-valley. When that's the case it's often best not to bother trying at all, especially when they'll be using Japanese actors to fill the roles of European characters.

I completely forgot about that. But you're right, the entire cast is actually European with the exception of Mikasa who is half Asian. It's usually pretty easy to forget that as the characters are all Japanese in anime (notable exceptions exists such as Gundamn). This is actually a rare moment when filming in the West would be more accurate to the cast.

On the other hand, the last time Hollywood tried to adapt an anime, we got Dragonball Evolution. Whereas the last time I saw an anime adapted by a Japanese film company, it was the Rurouni Kenshin live action film, which was great. And I think I would take that slight inaccuracy in exchange for a good movie.

Anyway, this looks fairly accurate, but I wonder about the effects on the Titans and the story and such. That can make or break the film.

I don't mind the changes really. I think it is reasonable to change the races of characters in an adaptation for whatever creative reason or real-world constraints come into play. Some are purists which is fine and some try to make a big ethical stink about it (though that only tends to be when white-washing rears its ugly head), but I find both of those to be poor excuses for condemning change on their own. If the changes lead to a better movie, fantastic! As you point out, american studios are notoriously bad at doing anime adaptations. Better to have some characters shifting race rather than crank out a piss-poor product.

Oly J:

MiskWisk:

Oly J:
also a bow and arrow? why? that would be useless against titans, unless you wanted to blind them, but with the size of an arrow compared to a Titan's eye, it doesn't seem like it would do much, the cast looks pretty good though

I believe that is meant to be Potato Girl- I mean, Sasha Braus. She comes from a hunting village. She actually uses the bow and arrow against a 2m titan to save a little girl when she doesn't have her gear by blinding it.

I see, I have to admit it's been a while since I watched Attack on Titan, I haven't even seen the dub yet, but the one stroking the rocket launcher looks like it might be one of my favourites, who bizarrely I've forgotten the name of, you know the one though, the Titan-scientist woman, I really hope they keep personalities intact

The scientist is Hange Zoe. Interesting fact about the character, the author of AOT refuses to actually state whether it is male or female. Mostly to troll really, everyone assumes female but it hasn't actually been confirmed.

Quick note on Sasha, the bit where she fights the titan with a bow hasn't actually shown up in the anime yet.

Anyone know the Japanese romanized names -> the version we're familiar with? Can figure some of them (like obviously the ones with the googles and bow are Hanji and Sasha respectively) but not all.

Jandau:

Tar Palantir:
Am I the only one that doesn't care about AoT movies AT ALL? I just want Season 2, I need to know how the story continues, and follow the characters I've grown attached to. Isn't it a little early to start spin-offs?

Same here. I just can't understand why they don't make season 2. There's enough material in the manga. Arguably I could just go read the manga, but I don't like the format and prefer anime...

Its because they're focusing on grabbing more money by making "recap" 2 movies. The first (Attack on Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow) which will cover the first 13 episodes dated to show on November 22, 2014. While the 2nd movie (Attack on Titan Part 2: Wings of Freedom) will do the rest of the episodes and is dated for 2015.

Wit Studio is also making 2 OVAs adapting the prequel, "Attack on Titan: No Regrets". It's going to be bundled with the leases of the 15th and 16th Volume of the manga. Dated for release on December 9, 2014 and April 9, 2015.

That's the main reason why there's no 2nd season, Cash Cowing the first season.

OT: Live Actions = MEH~~~~~~
The only good one recently is one the Rurouni Kenshin one.

At least they're not just remaking the anime all over again, and adding/changing things.

Wait, are they making new characters for this? Does that mean we might see an Attack on Titan that has characters with actual depth and progression?

I kid, I kid.

...But seriously, I'll wait this one out until the fans make an abridged version that shortens the hour-long chase scene into something more reasonable.

Gorrath:

Saltyk:

Alexander Kirby:
The problem with live action adaptions of any animation is getting actors that look like the characters. Often they make attempts such as prosthetics to get them to look more like their drawn counterparts, but this often makes it look worse and pushes it into the uncanny-valley. When that's the case it's often best not to bother trying at all, especially when they'll be using Japanese actors to fill the roles of European characters.

I completely forgot about that. But you're right, the entire cast is actually European with the exception of Mikasa who is half Asian. It's usually pretty easy to forget that as the characters are all Japanese in anime (notable exceptions exists such as Gundamn). This is actually a rare moment when filming in the West would be more accurate to the cast.

On the other hand, the last time Hollywood tried to adapt an anime, we got Dragonball Evolution. Whereas the last time I saw an anime adapted by a Japanese film company, it was the Rurouni Kenshin live action film, which was great. And I think I would take that slight inaccuracy in exchange for a good movie.

Anyway, this looks fairly accurate, but I wonder about the effects on the Titans and the story and such. That can make or break the film.

I don't mind the changes really. I think it is reasonable to change the races of characters in an adaptation for whatever creative reason or real-world constraints come into play. Some are purists which is fine and some try to make a big ethical stink about it (though that only tends to be when white-washing rears its ugly head), but I find both of those to be poor excuses for condemning change on their own. If the changes lead to a better movie, fantastic! As you point out, american studios are notoriously bad at doing anime adaptations. Better to have some characters shifting race rather than crank out a piss-poor product.

Could you explain what you mean by whitewashing, since that is usually used in reference to someone covering up / hiding a black stain in someone's history (Examples, China denying that the Tiananmen square protest happened or a Nazi supporter claiming that the holocaust is a lie).

If you're alluding to people complaining about white characters being replaced by other ethnicities, it can go both ways. I remember people complaining about Shyamalan casting white people to represent waterbenders, who are Inuits in the "anime". Also, I think they hated that people of Indian ethnicity were representing the Fire nation, although I don't remember what race they were supposed to be.

I don't recognize half of these characters although I don't read the manga, I just hope the Titans look interesting.

Kaimax:

Jandau:

Tar Palantir:
Am I the only one that doesn't care about AoT movies AT ALL? I just want Season 2, I need to know how the story continues, and follow the characters I've grown attached to. Isn't it a little early to start spin-offs?

Same here. I just can't understand why they don't make season 2. There's enough material in the manga. Arguably I could just go read the manga, but I don't like the format and prefer anime...

Its because they're focusing on grabbing more money by making "recap" 2 movies. The first (Attack on Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow) which will cover the first 13 episodes dated to show on November 22, 2014. While the 2nd movie (Attack on Titan Part 2: Wings of Freedom) will do the rest of the episodes and is dated for 2015.

Wit Studio is also making 2 OVAs adapting the prequel, "Attack on Titan: No Regrets". It's going to be bundled with the leases of the 15th and 16th Volume of the manga. Dated for release on December 9, 2014 and April 9, 2015.

That's the main reason why there's no 2nd season, Cash Cowing the first season.

OT: Live Actions = MEH~~~~~~
The only good one recently is one the Rurouni Kenshin one.

At least they're not just remaking the anime all over again, and adding/changing things.

you do know that they are making season 2 and the reason for the wait is so the manga to get far enough ahead so the story in the anime does not change from the manga to much

residentout1:

Kaimax:

Jandau:

Same here. I just can't understand why they don't make season 2. There's enough material in the manga. Arguably I could just go read the manga, but I don't like the format and prefer anime...

Its because they're focusing on grabbing more money by making "recap" 2 movies. The first (Attack on Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow) which will cover the first 13 episodes dated to show on November 22, 2014. While the 2nd movie (Attack on Titan Part 2: Wings of Freedom) will do the rest of the episodes and is dated for 2015.

Wit Studio is also making 2 OVAs adapting the prequel, "Attack on Titan: No Regrets". It's going to be bundled with the leases of the 15th and 16th Volume of the manga. Dated for release on December 9, 2014 and April 9, 2015.

That's the main reason why there's no 2nd season, Cash Cowing the first season.

OT: Live Actions = MEH~~~~~~
The only good one recently is one the Rurouni Kenshin one.

At least they're not just remaking the anime all over again, and adding/changing things.

you do know that they are making season 2 and the reason for the wait is so the manga to get far enough ahead so the story in the anime does not change from the manga to much

No, I didn't know that. Can you link a source?

Product Placement:

Could you explain what you mean by whitewashing, since that is usually used in reference to someone covering up / hiding a black stain in someone's history (Examples, China denying that the Tiananmen square protest happened or a Nazi supporter claiming that the holocaust is a lie).

If you're alluding to people complaining about white characters being replaced by other ethnicities, it can go both ways. I remember people complaining about Shyamalan casting white people to represent waterbenders, who are Inuits in the "anime". Also, I think they hated that people of Indian ethnicity were representing the Fire nation, although I don't remember what race they were supposed to be.

Well, I don't want to get too into a rant, but yes, whitewashing in this sense is what you infer. Some believe there is an ethical problem with taking a character who is established in cannon as being of a non-white race and casting a white actor to play the part. I am sympathetic to this view because of the overwhelmingly small number of roles available to non-white actors, especially lead roles. However, I am not willing to engage in unfair practices, which means I cannot accept that it's perfectly fine to deprive a white actor of a role because of his race while claiming that depriving people of roles due to their race is an ethical problem.

All in all, I support the notion that there is no ethical problem with changing the race of a character for a movie. I also think people in positions to make such decisions need to pull their heads out of their backsides and realize that diversity is good for everyone. The problem with what Shaymalan did was that he created an awful, awful movie. There was no good reason at all to cast the actors he did for the roles they filled, so changing the races of the characters can't be justified under the "Best actor for the job" or "creative license" reasons. I don't know why Shaymalan made the choices that he did, but they were BAD ones.

So much for not getting into a rant, sorry.

Photoshop flare, photoshop flare *everywhere*

Anyway, I need to see if AoT is actually any good. Been avoiding it since tumblr went bat shit crazy over it.

Somethingfake:
Photoshop flare, photoshop flare *everywhere*

Anyway, I need to see if AoT is actually any good. Been avoiding it since tumblr went bat shit crazy over it.

If you like anime and its associated tropes in general, I think you may find it pretty good. It's dark and bloody and ridden with a bit more angst than I usually care for but I think it at least keeps things interesting. My only real complaint is that, like a lot of anime, it tends to drag its ass at parts and the main character is probably the most unlikeable thing about it. That's my totally unsolicited 2 cents.

Jandau:
I just can't understand why they don't make season 2. There's enough material in the manga. Arguably I could just go read the manga, but I don't like the format and prefer anime...

The manga has been ongoing since 2009. Five years have barely produced two season's worth of animated plot.

Even if they could just barely make a second season, then they would run out of material for the third, and have to wait like three years to continue, and then another three years for a fourth season.

Anime seasons are not like western TV seasons that the series is started it's right on track for one season every year around the same time, until it gets axed.

They are more like movie franchises, where one is made, if it's popular a sequel is made somewhere around the next years, and another if they feel like it.

For a series that intends to follow the manga, it's much better to pace them, and make one season in every two years, than to burn out of subject material.

Gorrath:

If you like anime and its associated tropes in general, I think you may find it pretty good.

Translation: If you like shounen battle manga genre, and its associated tropes in general, you might find it pretty good.

There is a reason why AoT is a lot more hated among anime fans than among casual viewers, and that's not so much snobbery, as the fact that anime fans like various anime genres for diverse reasons, while those who are only vaguely familiar with the medium and assumed that it's all shounen battle manga adaptations anyways, will find a good exacution of that genre to be the end-all of anime.

Tar Palantir:

residentout1:

Kaimax:

Its because they're focusing on grabbing more money by making "recap" 2 movies. The first (Attack on Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow) which will cover the first 13 episodes dated to show on November 22, 2014. While the 2nd movie (Attack on Titan Part 2: Wings of Freedom) will do the rest of the episodes and is dated for 2015.

Wit Studio is also making 2 OVAs adapting the prequel, "Attack on Titan: No Regrets". It's going to be bundled with the leases of the 15th and 16th Volume of the manga. Dated for release on December 9, 2014 and April 9, 2015.

That's the main reason why there's no 2nd season, Cash Cowing the first season.

OT: Live Actions = MEH~~~~~~
The only good one recently is one the Rurouni Kenshin one.

At least they're not just remaking the anime all over again, and adding/changing things.

you do know that they are making season 2 and the reason for the wait is so the manga to get far enough ahead so the story in the anime does not change from the manga to much

No, I didn't know that. Can you link a source?

http://www.breathecast.com/articles/attack-on-titan-season-2-release-date-april-2015-prequel-movie-to-release-december-2014-20696/
http://io9.com/attack-on-titan-is-back-in-production-for-season-2-1634004925

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Gorrath:

If you like anime and its associated tropes in general, I think you may find it pretty good.

Translation: If you like shounen battle manga genre, and its associated tropes in general, you might find it pretty good.

There is a reason why AoT is a lot more hated among anime fans than among casual viewers, and that's not so much snobbery, as the fact that anime fans like various anime genres for diverse reasons, while those who are only vaguely familiar with the medium and assumed that it's all shounen battle manga adaptations anyways, will find a good exacution of that genre to be the end-all of anime.

I don't know whether you'd call me a casual viewer or not, but the characterization involved in the series is not at all limited to tropes found only in shounen battle manga. The only reason I find it more interesting than similar fare is because it does not simply stick to those tropes found in shounen battle manga. If that was all there was to the show, I'd probably find it unwatchable.

Edit: And just for clarity's sake, my original claim wasn't meant to be taken in the way I think you may have taken it. That error is mine for not being more clear. I wasn't suggesting that the tropes in AoT represent the total scope of tropes found in anime, but that the ones present in AoT are very much typical anime tropes, and as you point out very correctly, belong mainly to the shounen battle manga subset.

piscian:
I'm hearing a whole lot of complaining here, if you'd like I can call Michael Bay and see if he'll be interested in picking up the rights to this? we could get the location changed to New Jersey, Shia LaBeouf as the hero? Mark Walberg as the Titans? or you could stop fucking complaining and enjoy an anime adaptation not being destroyed by an american studio? Sound good now? :)

Actually, we got a live action Guyver film with Mark Hamill that's pretty damn good from an American studio. I think in this case, an American or European studio should have had more of a hand in this because of the predominantly European building structures and (probably) location. Plus add the budget and we might have had a really good film that stayed very true to the manga.

At least it looks pretty true to the setting.

But I still don't see the need to make a live-action film out of ANY animated series or film. You can do incredible stuff with artstyles and animation that would be impossible (or extremely expensive) with real actors.

Why waste money on downgrading your creative potential?

Gorrath:
Well, I don't want to get too into a rant, but yes, whitewashing in this sense is what you infer. Some believe there is an ethical problem with taking a character who is established in cannon as being of a non-white race and casting a white actor to play the part. I am sympathetic to this view because of the overwhelmingly small number of roles available to non-white actors, especially lead roles. However, I am not willing to engage in unfair practices, which means I cannot accept that it's perfectly fine to deprive a white actor of a role because of his race while claiming that depriving people of roles due to their race is an ethical problem.

All in all, I support the notion that there is no ethical problem with changing the race of a character for a movie. I also think people in positions to make such decisions need to pull their heads out of their backsides and realize that diversity is good for everyone. The problem with what Shaymalan did was that he created an awful, awful movie. There was no good reason at all to cast the actors he did for the roles they filled, so changing the races of the characters can't be justified under the "Best actor for the job" or "creative license" reasons. I don't know why Shaymalan made the choices that he did, but they were BAD ones.

So much for not getting into a rant, sorry.

Well, I think we can all agree with The Airbender movie being a terrible film that deserves every single angry rant that can be found in the onlineverse and I'm glad to see that we're on the same page regarding the term "whitewash". However, I still don't see how complaining about characters changing ethnicities can be considered whitewashing.

Really, the only super negative racial thing I can think about from the movie history was the "black face" practice, where white actors with makeup were used to play the roles of blacks, instead of having black actors do it themselves. Trying to hide the fact that it happened would be whitewashing in my books.

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