Eikura Nana & Maeda Atsuko become Yamashita Tomohisa's co-stars in new drama
Earlier this month, it was announced that Yamashita Tomohisa was going to star in a new TBS drama called "Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata~Ending Planner~". Today, it was revealed that Eikura Nana, AKB48's Maeda Atsuko, and Sorimachi Takashi have signed up to become his castmates.
"Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata~Ending Planner~" is a family drama that dwells on the meaning of life and the bonds between people. It stars Yamashita as the owner of a funeral parlor who succeeded his late father. This particular funeral parlor handles bodies received from the police, and all those bodies come with stories like being bullied, suicide, and death from overwork -- all of which unintentionally allow him to delve into the darkness of modern society.
Maeda will play his younger sister, while Sorimachi will portray the role of his long-lost older brother. The heroine and love-interest of Yamashita's character, a female detective, will be played by Eikura.
Eikura, who already worked together with Yamashita in the drama "Proposal Daisakusen" four years ago, commented, "I'm looking forward to it and am wondering how the chemistry is going to be between us." She continued, "Since 'Life' is the eternal theme, I would like to express the deep part of the relationships between people, and the barriers we need to face in life."
Maeda already commented that she's looking forward to playing the sister of such two good-looking men as Yamashita and Sorimachi. "She's a fortunate younger sister," she laughed before saying, "I'll work hard in order for you to experience the bonds of a family and the relationships between people."
It was also revealed that the third and youngest son in the family will be played by Hey! Say! JUMP's Chinen Yuri and that the young model/actress Ono Ito will play the the second daughter. The two veteran actors Otomo Kouhei and Yamazaki Tsutomu are going to raise the average age of this otherwise very young cast.
TBS will air "Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata~Ending Planner~" every Thursday at 9:00 pm. The first episode is scheduled to air on January 12th, 2012.
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