Hiro Mizushima is not yet done with showbiz.
After a three-year hiatus, he is returning with the movie adaptation of Yana Tanaboso’s popular action and fantasy manga, Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler).
In the upcoming film, Mizushima will be playing Sebastian Michaelis, Ciel’s bodyguard and the demon butler of the Phantomhive estate. The movie adaptation will take place 130 years after the events on the manga, which means we’ll be witnessing a completely different storyline.
Mizushima was last seen on the big screen when he played the role of Ryusuke Minami in the movie adaptation of Beck (2010). He also acted in live-action series adapted from anime and manga titles including Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (where he played Minami Namba), Absolute Boyfriend (where he played Soshi Asamoto) and Gokusen 2 (where he played Hiro Misawa). His popular lead role is Souji Tendou/Kabuto from the sentai series Kamen Rider Kabuto.
Mizushima left showbiz to pursue his writing career (with Tomohiro Saito as his pen name). His debut work, KAGEROU, was selected as the 5th Poplar Publishing Grand Prize for Fiction.
Now that he has made his comeback as an actor, Mizushima is losing weight for the role and is currently in training for the actions of the character he’ll be portraying. The filming for the movie starts in April.
Kuroshitsuji will be directed by Otani Kentaro (Nana) and Keiichi Sato (Tiger & Bunny). The film is slated for a release this year.