Mackenyu to star in "Knights of the Zodiac" live-action adaptation

Writer: Heidi Hsia

The Japanese manga series had sold over 25 million copies
The Japanese manga series had sold over 25 million copies

23 Sep – While we have lost the legendary Sonny Chiba to COVID-19, at least we still have his son Mackenyu, and Mackenyu is set to star in a new project soon.

The American-Japanese actor was revealed to have been cast in the upcoming live-action adaptation of "Knights of the Zodiac", and will be playing the leading role of Seiya.

The film reportedly will be an origin story of Seiya, a street orphan who embarks on a journey to conquer the ancient Greek armour of Pegasus and "choose his side in a preternatural battle for the fate of Sienna, a young girl who struggles to control her godly powers."

Mackenyu to play the lead role of Seiya

Saint Seiya (or Knights of the Zodiac) is a highly popular title from Japanese anime culture

Mackenyu will be joined by actor Sean Bean, who will play Seiya's recruiter Alman Kiddo and Madison Iseman, who will play Sienna. Other cast members include Famke Janssen, Nick Stahl, Diego Tinoco, and Mark Dacascos.

Created by Masami Kuramada, the Japanese manga series, known to fans by its title, "Saint Seiya", ran from 1986 to 1991 and had sold over 25 million copies. It was adapted by Toei Animation into an anime.

It also received a 3D reboot back in 2019 by Netflix.

Mackenyu is the son of legendary Japanese actor Sonny Chiba

Cinema Online, 23 September 2021