It has been announced that Actress Ayame Goriki (live-action Gatchaman) will be playing the new head of the Phantomhive estate in the film adaptation of Yana Toboso’s Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) manga. She joins Hiro Mizushima, who plays the demonic butler Sebastian.
In the film, which is set for release in early 2014, Goriki plays Shiori Genpo, a descendant of the Phantomhive family. As only male Phantomhive’s can be the head of the family and handle the company, Shiori disguises herself as a man and uses the name Kiyoharu to lead the Phantomhive company and estate. Like Ciel in the manga, Shiori has also created a contract with demon/butler Sebastian (marked by the seal in her right eye), who protects Shiori in return for the prospect of consuming her soul.
While the manga was set in 19th century England, this film is set in 2020, in an Asian city where western and Asian cultures have combined.
Kentaro Otani (NANA) and Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny) are co-directing the film, and shooting will begin this month.