On February 23, it was reported that actress Kuriyama Chiaki will be playing the heroine in TBS' new drama 'Flowers for Algernon' starring Yamashita Tomohisa.
'Flowers for Algernon' is based on a world-famous science fiction novel by Daniel Keyes. The drama's script will be written by Nojima Shinji, who is known for his works in 'Koukou Kyoushi'. Its story revolves around a mentally disabled young man named 'Shiratori Sakito' (Yamashita). After undergoing brain surgery, Sakito becomes more and more intelligent, but his high intellectual level causes him to look down on the people who surround him gradually isolating him.
Kuriyama will play 'Mochizuki Haruka', a researcher at the scientific research center for brain science, who Sakito begins developing romantic feelings for. She stated, "It's the opposite of the strong characters that I've played in the past. I hope to show the braveness and pureness of this character." On his first time working with Kuriyama, Yamashita said, "She's a very cheerful person who livens up the drama's set."
Kubota Masataka, Kudo Asuka, and Kikuchi Fuma (Sexy Zone) have been added to the supporting cast.
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