It has been learned that the previously announced live-action Bleach movie is all set to premiere in theaters on July 20, 2018. The source of the confirmation is from a reliable third-party but since the cat is out of the bag, expect Warner Bros. Japan to give the release date an official acknowledgement in the coming weeks.
The live-action Bleach movie was revealed to be in the works back in October 2016. It is being directed by Shinsuke Sato, who has previously helmed similar live-action adaptations of popular manga series such as Death Note: Light Up the New World and I am a Hero.
The only confirmed cast so far is Sota Fukushi as Ichigo Kurosaki, and Hana Sugisaki as Rukia Kuchiki. There are probably more characters jumping on to the silver screen from Seireitei in Soul Society but it would be a stretch to expect all of them to make appearances.
Warner Bros. Japan remains pretty tight regarding the upcoming supernatural-action project. The live-action Bleach movie received a teaser trailer several months back that certainly hammered excitement into fans. However, the full-length trailer is still yet to be dropped by the distributor.
For those unaware, Bleach is one of the most popular and successful manga series around. The franchise began back in 2001 under creator Tite Kubo before it got the anime treatment three years later. Since then, both the manga and anime have garnered a tremendous following across the globe.
Unfortunately, the franchise went on a hiatus a few years back. Kubo is reportedly working on the final arc but there is no word on when it will be released. In that light, fans were right to disappointed when knowing about the upcoming live-action adaptation. They would have wanted a new manga/anime continuation instead.