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MY HERO ACADEMIA Live Action Film in the Works (Nerdist Exclusive)

Are you ready to go Plus Ultra, My Hero Academia fans? Because we have some news that will make you cry tears of joy like Deku watching All Might do literally anything. Legendary announced on Thursday that it will produce a live-action feature film adaptation of Shueisha’s mega-popular manga series, My Hero Academia (or Boku no Hero Academia if you’re nasty). Created by Kohei Horikoshi in 2014 and published by Shueisha in Weekly Shônen Jump, My Hero Academia has sold more than 17 million copies worldwide, generating three seasons of anime as well as an animated feature film, too. This marks the first time that My Hero Academia will be adapted into live action.

The film will be produced by Legendary, with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing on their behalf, and Ryosuke Yoritomi shepherding the project for Shueisha. Toho will distribute the film in Japan.

For those not in the know, My Hero Academia is a wildly popular story about a world in which approximately 80% of humanity has developed superhuman abilities of some kind. These powers–known as quirks–have led to the rise of superheroes and supervillains alike. Some powers are great like possessing super-speed or superhuman strength, while others are more questionable in their utility, like the power to shoot out super-sticky tape from one’s elbows or the power to shoot a laser beam from your belly button.

Our story focuses on Izuku Midoriya, a young boy who is obsessed with superheroes despite having no quirk of his own. But all of that changes one day after a chance encounter with his idol, the barrel-chested avatar of justice, All-Might. Izuku finally inherits a quirk of his own and enrolls at U.A. High School, one of the most prestigious hero academies in the world. And with that, Izuku’s quest to become the world’s greatest hero truly begins.

The third season of My Hero Academia‘s anime adaptation ended in September and followed up with the release of an animated feature film, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, which made more than $5.7 million at the box office and secured a spot on the top 10 highest grossing domestic anime films of all time.

Those wanting to catch up on its animated counterpart can stream it on Crunchyroll and Funimation. Like many shounen anime, it is full of epic battles, outsized characters, and unbridled earnestness. It makes for an incredibly addictive combination that will have you watching into the wee hours of the morning. Once you binge it all, please let me know in the comments because I have so many questions about season four, as well as ideas for who should play who in this live-action adaptation. You might think it’s low-hanging fruit, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has All Might written all over him, if you ask me.

In addition to My Hero Academia, Legendary has several other films based on highly anticipated Japanese properties in the works. In 2019, Legendary will release both Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Detective Pikachu, followed by Godzilla vs. Kong in May 2020. In other words, it’s a great time to be a fan of kaiju, tokusatsu, and anime making their way to the big screen.

What do you think of this announcement? Who would you like to see direct My Hero Academia? Who should star in it? Let me know in the comments below!

Images: Funimation

Editor’s note: Nerdist is a subsidiary of Legendary Pictures.

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