The first film of Thermae Romae garnered huge box office success in Japan last year. And now, it has been announced that the film adaptation of the comedy manga by Mari Yamazaki will receive a sequel scheduled to premiere in next year’s Golden Week.
In Thermae Romae II, the main character Lucius gets assigned to do a very challenging task—to erect a thermae (bath house) in the Colosseum. He hits his head in an accident, causing him to time travel to the modern day Japan.
The cast from the first film, including the main character from ancient Rome played by Hiroshi Abe, will be returning for the sequel. Aside from Abe, the ancient Roman characters will be played by Masachika Ichimura, Kazuki Kitamura, and Kai Shishido. The Japanese characters, on the other hand, will be played by Aya Ueto, Riki Takeuchi, and Takashi Sasano. The additional cast and details of the movie will be revealed soon. Once again, the film adaptation will be directed by Hideki Takeuchi.
Thermae Romae II will be shot in Bulgaria, and this will be the first ever Japanese movie to be filmed in the said location. The production team also reveals that they will be reconstructing a full-scale Roman colosseum for the movie.