Prepare your transmutation circles! The first trailer for the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film has hit the Internet, and it brings Hiromu Arakawa’s beloved franchise to life in a big way.
Well, except for Edward Elric. The hero is still a bit on the short size.
In the trailer, a series of clips are interspersed which introduce audiences to the supernatural world of alchemy. Transmutation circles can be seen drawn about, turning everyday items into all-new materials. Fans are also show Edward Elric preparing his own unique form of alchemy which requires no circles; Instead, his brand of scientific magic comes by clapping his hands together.
At the trailer’s end, fans are shown a touching clip of Edward and his young brother Alphonse. The latter is seen in his iconic hollowed armor body. Edward then rests his head against his brother’s torso and swears that he will get their bodies back.
And, if you stick around until the very end, you can watch as Edward gets confronted by a transmuted beast. There is no action sequence shown since the trailer simply fades to black, but fans can imagine how Edward would take down the monster. He’s even got a bo staff ready to knock the transmutation on its back.
Fans have been anxiously awaiting a trailer for Fullmetal Alchemist ever since the film was announced. Fumihiko Sori will direct the project while Ryosuke Yamada will play Edward Elric. There’s no word yet on who will voice Alphonse, but fans know the character will be mostly seen through CGI.
A slew of side characters have already been cast for the film. Winry Rockbell will be played by Tsubasa Honda while Colonel Roy Mustang has Dean Fujioka. Other notable characters will be seen in the film like Shou Tucker, so fans can prepare to have their hearts broken if the mad scientist inflicts the same fate upon his daughter on the big screen as he did in the anime.
The film finished shooting earlier last year in Italy, and you can see the country’s rustic locales in the newly released trailer for Fullmetal Alchemist. There’s no word yet on whether Maes Hughes will be seen eating any sort of Italian cuisine in the film; He will probably be too busy showing off photos of his adorable daughter Gracia to bother with food.
If you are not familiar with Fullmetal Alchemist, then you have plenty of time to watch the anime before its live-action film arrives. The series follows brothers Edward and Alphonse after their mother tragically passes. They attempt to use alchemy to resurrect her, but the attempt takes Edward’s arm and leg - and it takes Alphonse’s entire body. Determined to get their bodies restored, Edward and Alphonse try to become State Alchemists so they can find the location of a powerful item known as the Philosopher’s Stone. But their journey ultimately leads them into a seedy world of government corruption and mass genocide.
Fullmetal Alchemist will debut in Japan next winter.
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